Mariota also threw a touchdown to Eric Decker from the 22. He not only closed down run lanes quickly but also showed burst inside as a pass rusher. The coach also needs to see Murray run.
Mariota has made one trip to Foxboro in his career, leaving early in the second quarter after getting sacked by Jamie Collins. Tennessee is nothing special when it comes to rushing yards: their 114.6 yards per game is 15 in the league.
The Patriots have had a week off to prepare.
Murray might be able to run straight, but cutting would still be hard.
"I think you've got to be ready for everything and anything at this time of year, but you better be ready to play and coach and execute your best football". It's time to hand the feature back keys to Henry. The time off figures to be helpful for them to get back into the lineup and game plan. This is very new to this team and to the city. In that one, Tennessee had three turnovers but was outgained by only 54 yards. Cries of New England's demise after a 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS start should have been quieted by an 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS record to end the season, but a recent ESPN report has called into question the stability of the relationships between quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft. They allowed less than 23 points-per-game in the regular season and were able to do a great job against the rush and the pass, but facing off with the Patriots is a much different task than anything they've come up against so far. The Titans just aren't on their level. "I know we're excited". This will actually be Tennessee's sixth contest over the last nine that has not been at home. It would be easy to add to the above figures and list all the reasons why the Patriots will advance to their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game.
As a group of teammates mobbed him, quarterback Marcus Mariota simply stood and looked back at them knowing he had helped the Titans to their first playoff victory in 14 years in his postseason debut. Belichick says everyone on defense has to do his job. "What I really want is our franchise, organization and team to be talked about. This is the freshest I've ever been going into the playoffs so we'll see how it goes".
"I think we've got a pretty good idea", Mularkey said. He woke up vs. the Chiefs and can find cracks in the Patriots' secondary.
FAST FACTS: Titans - QB Marcus Mariota passed for 2 TDs last week, including the one he caught himself off a ricochet. If they can confuse Mariota at the line of scrimmage, they might be able to throw him off his game. "At the end of the day, it's not about old guys are going to win or young guys are going to win, the home team, the road team".
Mariota, chosen with the second pick in the first round held by the Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft, moves on to the Divisional Round, matching him against 18-year veteran Tom Brady, 40, and the Patriots Saturday night. This contest screams of a game dominated by Rob Gronkowski, who eats up the middle of the field against mediocre linebackers.
When George's plan to opt out of his contract this coming summer and leave town in free agency leaked publicly, Pritchard had two options: Rebuild now or make one more title run and risk losing his star player with nothing in return. They can hang around because they can run the ball effectively against a bad run defense.