8. Titans and Derrick Henry run all over Bill Belichick’s defense
Score: Titans 20, Patriots 13
Both fans of the Patriots and those who loathed them were given no choice but to tip their cap in respect during the 2019 season.
Tom Brady seemingly had no one to work with on offense. Phillip Dorsett, Brandon Bolden, and Jakobi Meyers weren’t making opposing defenses unnerved about facing them. Regardless of the lackluster names, the Patriots won 10 of their first 11 games and appeared to be on their way to a first-round bye before losing three of their next five.
Even with the Patriots falling apart at the seams, most were expecting them to take care of business against the 9-7 Tennessee Titans. Boy oh boy were they wrong.
Truth be told, Ryan Tannehill didn’t need to do much. He finished the game with only 72 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It was all Derrick Henry. He violently gashed a top-six rushing defense for a ridiculous 182 ground yards. Let’s keep in mind that the Patriots only gave up 95.5 yards on average during the regular season.
The Titans gave the ball to Henry time and time again in mundane fashion, but it wasn’t just their rushing attack that did the trick. Their defense held Brady to 209 total yards. Those horrific receivers we discussed earlier came back to bite them as Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu combined for 41 receiving yards.
After getting off to such a great start to the season, Patriots fans were left speechless as their squad was sent home packing in the Wild Card. Tom Brady’s last game at Foxborough as a Patriot.