Robert Kraft to discuss tensions with Bill Belichick, Tom Brady after season

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey

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This is the first game for the Patriots since the explosive ESPN story broke last week about the friction between owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

That loss came despite a game opening 95-yard drive and a Corey Davis receptions - his first of two scores on the night - that handed the Titans an early lead.

"They've been to the playoffs a lot - great organization", Henry said. "I think he was much more consistent trusting the blocking scheme".

It's a remarkable and unprecedented run in National Football League annals, with Tom Brady now having reached the conference championship game in 12 of his 16 full seasons as starter.

Here is a look at, what I feel, is the most simple formula for the Patriots to defeat Tennessee on Saturday and advance to the AFC Championship Game...

The Titans and Patriots Kickoff at 5:15 pm Pacific Time Saturday on CBS.

- In front of his locker last week, Eric Rowe elucidated the philosophy that has been New England's defensive backbone for years now.

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When Mariota took a quick glance back on the 2017 season, he saw strides made by the Titans. The Titans have Marcus Mariota and his one career playoff win, a 22-21 thriller at Kansas City. For a quarterback who regressed during the regular season - more interceptions than touchdown passes - he looked composed and was mostly accurate before the game crashed on him. The Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions, are the top seed and went 13-3 this season.

If we learned anything from last week, it is that the underdogs can not be underestimated. He spent the rest of the game running for his life. He picked up 46 yards on eight attempts in the playoff win over the Chiefs last Saturday.

"(This season) has flown by.

Titans Coach Mike Mularkey said that Mariota was hampered when he tweaked a quadriceps muscle.

"I know when I felt (the momentum build), and I felt it after Ricky Jean got his sack, because that wasn't the third-down package of me, Trey (Flowers) and Deatrich", said Butler, who also helped make Wise's first sack possible by providing strong pressure up the middle. The legendary coach recently served as the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2014, and lost to the Pats in the AFC Championship game on January 23, 2005, 41-27. The longer the Titans are able to keep the Patriots off the field, the more they enhance their chances to win.

"Whether you are pressuring or whether you are going coverage, if he knows where you are going, then he is going to be pretty effective", LeBeau said. "When we got together and discussed it and pieced together that the defensive lineman across from the guard jumped in the neutral zone and caused the false start, that's when we changed the ruling from a false start to a neutral zone infraction". "Hopefully, we can go out and play well". Philadelphia last reached the NFC Championship Game in 2009.

Perhaps thanks mostly to injury, the Titans defense had a respectable day against Hill and Kelce.

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