Patriots rout Titans to reach seventh straight AFC title game

Marcus Mariota throws two touchdown passes, injures quad vs. Patriots

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Two things, among many, have been consistent for the Patriots the past decade: Tom Brady at quarterback and New England in the AFC championship game. Will this news story affect the Patriots in this Sunday's AFC Divisional matchup against the Tennessee Titans?

Today's game will be Bill Belichick's 37th career playoff game as a head coach, breaking a tie with Tom Landry and Don Shula for the most in National Football League history. Danny Amendola caught 11 passes for 112 yards for the Patriots.

New England padded its 21-7 halftime lead and effectively sealed the result with Brandon Bolden's 2-yard touchdown rush with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter. Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards with much of that coming on the final drive.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, celebrates his touchdown pass to Chris Hogan, left, during Saturday night s playoff win over the Tennessee Titans in Foxboro.

Bye-week blues: The Patriots had a first-round playoff bye, meaning they might not be at their best early as they shake off the rust.

The latest is an ESPN report last week suggesting these are troubled times for owner Robert Kraft, Belichick and Brady. I have little confidence in Blake Bortles and unless he shows up at Heinz Field, I doubt the Jaguars will be able to manage with Leonard Fournette powering the offense alone.

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"It definitely sounds insane".

"It was a great team win overall", Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said in a postgame interview on CBS.

It's not surprising that public bettors are siding with the host Patriots even though they're laying double-digit points in tonight's game. The Titans and Patriots will kick off at 7:15 p.m. CST at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

6 - Consecutive wins over Tennessee by New England. But an Angry Patriots team is a scary Patriots team, so this could go either way. The Titans helped along the way with illegal contact and unnecessary roughness penalties. It was an interesting call because originally it was ruled a false start, but the referees changed it to offsides. Manning (27), Favre (24), Montana (23) and Elway (21) round out the quarterback list, while (30), Jerry Rice (29), D.D. Lewis (27) and Manning (27) fill out the top tier of the list including all players. "They've won a bunch of championships and we can learn a lot from this, and I think we will". He also ran four times for 37 yards. The Pats snapped the ball six times in 1:49, and White closed down the rapid 52-yard trek with a 6-yard touchdown carry behind key blocks from Joe Thuney and Brandin Cooks for a 14-7 advantage.

Marcus Mariota threw for a touchdown to give the Tennessee Titans an early lead, and had another TD pass that was the final score of the game. He did not return. Van Noy, who missed three games after the Week 12 injury, returned on a limited basis during the regular-season finale. They completed 59 passes for 20 yards or more, and added another 10 running plays of 20 yards or more. He has 13 passing touchdowns and one interception in those games - his best touchdown to interception ratio against any opponent in his career. It was his 10th career postseason TD. The other two were first-and-20 and third-and-16 situations in which he played "off" coverage. In the receiving end, Delanie Walker and Rishard Lewis finished with the 788 yards each and combined for seven touchdowns. He passed Keith Jackson, and only Dallas Clark is ahead of him.

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