Patriots reach seventh successive AFC championship game

Patriots reach seventh successive AFC championship game

The Patriots reminded everybody why they've been the class of the AFC for nearly two decades tonight at Gillette Stadium.

Even though the Patriots handedly beat the Titans, 35-14 in the AFC divisional round Saturday night, there were a few calls that seemingly didn't go the Titans' way and coach Mike Mularkey was not happy about it after the game.

This pits the oldest and youngest quarterbacks in the playoffs.

But that hasn't changed the approach for Brady, who is preparing for his 35th playoff start in the aftermath of recent reports suggesting discord between himself, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

14 - Patriots with at least 10 games of postseason experience, the most in this playoff field.

While it all ended with Brady, it didn't exactly begin there.

"The guy, he's a brother to a lot of us in there, a real good friend of mine, but there's nothing I want more than to see him lose Saturday night".

- Corey Davis, Titans, had two touchdown catches in Tennessee's loss at New England.


Brady led the Patriots 73 yards and finished off the series with a 5-yard touchdown shovel pass to running back James White around left end.

But since 2001, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start are 0-7 against New England.

Other players who were limited in practice this week: defensive linemen Alan Branch (Knee) and Eric Lee (Ankle/ Finger), and wide receiver Chris Hogan (Shoulder).

Just about everything New England did Saturday worked, with little counter from Tennessee. A playoff team can't reasonably expect to win with only 195 passing yards and a minus-2 turnover ratio, so Tennessee was fortunate to win that game. Eyewitness News also met fans from Texas and Hawaii, showing that New England Nation extends far beyond the region's borders. This debut couldn't have gone any better; Gilmore pitched a shutout. Both times they've had that in the past four years, they've won the Super Bowl. Marcus Mariota is the key. Lewis ran for 62 yards and had 79 yards receiving, along with a 27-yard kickoff return against Tennessee. Flowers and Lee are also expected to be ready for action.

Specifically, the ESPN story claims that a midseason decision from New England was forced upon Belichick.

The Titans, who entered the postseason with a negative point-differential of minus-22, looked the part from the second quarter on.

The Patriots added a touchdown in each of the final two quarters, including a handsome throw-and-catch to Gronk to really put the game on ice. In his sixth season with the team, it was just the 10th postseason carry for Bolden and his first career playoff touchdown. This was a dominant performance from New England at home to advance to the AFC Championship Game against the victor of Sunday's matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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