The New England Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in their Divisional Round matchup. Check out our full team grades for the Patriots from their victory!
The New England Patriots will be advancing in the NFL Playoffs. The Patriots handled business this weekend at Gillette Stadium against the Tennessee Titans. New England defeated their visitors rather easily, 35-14.
The Patriots got off to a slow start. They punted on their first two drives of the game, gaining fewer than 50 yards. The Titans, on the other hand, put the pressure on New England.
Tennessee went on a 95-yard touchdown drive, taking an unexpected 7-0 lead. That drive seemed to wake the Patriots up, as they throttled the Titans from that point on.
New England responded with scores on five of their next seven drives. They were on a 35-0 run, which would have been worse had Stephen Gostkowski not missed a kick prior to halftime. With such a large lead, the Patriots took the smashmouth, run-first Titans out of their comfort zone and cruised to victory.
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The Patriots faced very little opposition during those drives as the Titans defense looked tired and burned out. With an offense unable to move the ball, Tennessee’s defense fell victim to New England’s relentless attack, suffering the blowout loss.
The Patriots, unlike the Kansas City Chiefs the week prior, did not let the Titans build any momentum. Tennessee had an improbable comeback last week in the Wild Card round, overcoming a 21-3 deficit to defeat the Chiefs. New England was not about to let that happen again, as kept their foot on the pedal.
With the victory, the Patriots are now one victory away from another Super Bowl appearance. They will be hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium.
Before we get to that game, let’s take look at the victory over the Titans. Check out our slideshow as we hand out some team grades for the Patriots from their win!