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AFC divisional playoffs: Three takeaways from Patriots' win over Titans

AFC divisional playoffs: Three takeaways from Patriots' win over Titans

"This is a playoff game".

While Davis did get a consolation score for Titans, it was far too little, far too late and it's New England that set up a home AFC Championship Game against the winners of the Jaguars at Steelers later today.

"I don't think you take it for granted". "We fed off each other". Johnson said. "Going from being a rotational guy and to starting and being the first person out there to get a feel of the game, it helps to get that first series, get a feel of it and assess what you've got from the drive". He's Brady's go-to receiver these days and the Titans know this.

The Patriots appeared to have a touchdown three plays earlier, when Dion Lewis caught a pass from Brady and was tackled by Wesley Woodyard at the 19.

The Patriots have 41 players with previous playoff experience.

The Titans, under LeBeau this season, tied for fifth with 43 sacks.

And according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, New England should be getting back wideout Chris Hogan, who torched the Pittsburgh Steelers to the tune of nine catches, 180 yards and two touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game past year. Before he was hurt, Hogan caught 33 passes for 438 yards and five TDs in the first eight games. Dick LeBeau, one of the best defensive adjusters in the National Football League, has doubtlessly been sifting through the film from last week's game to find a better plan of attack for Cooks and Gronkowski. He's been out since Week 14, but his return will mean less targets for Danny Amendola and maybe Brandin Cooks. The Titans had a minus-4 differential in the regular season (21 takeaways, 25 giveaways), and while the playoffs are truly a one-game season, history says the Patriots - who had just 12 giveaways in the regular season - will take care of the ball. Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards with much of that coming on the final drive.

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"He saw some of the things that he missed by trying to bounce some things", Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. As strong favorites in this matchup, they'll likely come out hot and look to control this game right from the jump. "He just won't go away". Did you know in his career he's thrown 39 touchdowns with no interceptions in the red zone? He's a guy that's just passionate about it.

Believe what you want of the report, but certainly it's more than plausible that after 17 years, Kraft, Belichick and Brady - three of the NFL's largest personalities - have disagreed over something, over several things. "He still can play".

To a man, every Patriots pass rusher credited the entire defense for the team's record-setting sack total.

The Patriots put a spy on Mariota, which kept him in the pocket, and Mariota said the Patriots covered well.

Just about everything New England did Saturday worked, with little counter from Tennessee. That might not be good news for Tennessee. I thought our O-line and tight ends did a really good job of blocking for him.

McCourty pointed to a pass Mariota made to Delanie Walker against Indianapolis that was between four players on the sideline.