NFL Playoffs: New England rolls into AFC Championship

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

The general belief is there are four contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC, two in the AFC.

The Titans and Jaguars want to have their say.

The Tennessee Titans have a tough task ahead of them on Saturday night. You may get one student-athlete every 50 years that means that much not just to a program, but to the surrounding community.

Jacksonville already has done that, routing the Steelers at Heinz Field 30-9 in Week 5.

"When it comes down to it, it's all about us", Mariota said. "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident". Hence, all the pressure is on the Patriots in this game.

Patriots running back James White, who scored twice on Saturday, was New England's playoff hero last season. That's more such players than the 11 other 2017 playoff teams combined (13).

The last time the Titans beat the Patriots was 2002.

And amid reported turmoil involving Brady, owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, the quarterback isn't likely to lose focus.

"And, we know when you give up something on tape, a team is always going to try to test you there and see if you got the problem fixed, and if not, they're going to keep running it".

"We weren't sharp, we made some bad plays and did some stupid stuff, but we found a way to win and that's all that matters", said Bortles, whose TD pass to backup tight end Ben Koyack late in the third quarter was his best throw of the game and a gutsy call on fourth-and-goal from the 1. "The reality of the National Football League is what we did this week has nothing to do with what happens next week".

Just about everything New England did Saturday worked, with little counter from Tennessee. Pittsburgh lost only once after that, at home to the Patriots in a game that decided the AFC's top seed. The victor of this game will play the victor of the Jaguars-Steelers game. Entering the fourth quarter, Tennessee had just as many penalties (nine) as first downs.

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"It's a great feeling to be in this place", Brady said. "I can't complain. I like where I am".

"I know we're excited". Part of that owes to Atlanta's impressive work in winning at the Los Angeles Rams last week. He also came up with half a sack in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

Foles, though, has had some success in Philadelphia.

"I've been around long enough", Brady said. There's a reason I've been able to do what I've been able to do.

I have under-rated this man's effect on this team, this year, but no more. Brady has 13 passing touchdowns and one interception in those games.

While he missed two games, one with a real injury, it was the healthiest he has been from September through December in his career.

They'll meet the victor between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. The Vikings had a different quarterback then in Sam Bradford.

The Saints' RB tandem of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara wasn't quite in place yet, either.

From The Tennessean: "Oh, we interrogated him until he was ready to drop yesterday", Titans coach Mike Mularkey said jokingly of Ryan on Tuesday.

The Titans are likely looking to make their ground attack the focal point of their game plan.

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