Underdog Titans will go to New England without DeMarco Murray available

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Saturday night at New England, Henry will play a huge role in determining whether the Titans can hang with the AFC big dog.

- The Patriots scored 30 or more points in a game seven times this season.

Last Saturday, the Titans executed a thrilling comeback in Kansas City that turned an 18-point deficit into a 22-21 wild card victory.

The 40-year-old passer, seeking his sixth Super Bowl crown, was said to be at the heart of a split involving Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft as well.

While the Titans' new dynamic duo may be downplaying how much their impact is on the offense's success, teammates are quick to point it out.

After days spent issuing joint statements and then he and Tom Brady making the rounds doing radio interviews to discredit and deny the contents of the January 5 story from ESPN detailing the supposed "internal power struggle in New England", Belichick declared he and his team were "all in" preparing for the Titans. However, the Titans do have a path to beating the Patriots if they can get pressure on Brady with four or five rushers and make him feel the rush, as well as pair that with a solid man-to-man coverage. The same way they covered as a large road dog last week against the Chiefs.

And the Patriots ultimately did send the 12-4 Titans back to Tennessee, though the 17-14 scoreline was anything but a blowout. "For a young guy like me, that's what you aspire to be".

One thing, besides championships, the Patriots have become known for is blocking out distractions. "I don't know enough, I really don't, to make any comment about something like that". "The reputation that Coach tries to get us to have is just ignore the noise - ignore the noise from the outside and I feel like that's what myself and a lot of other players have been doing".

Brees said: "These are the moments you hang onto, especially big games like this, when you're talking about the play-offs and taking the next step forward". The Titans were 23rd in total offense, and Marcus Mariota is one of the few starting quarterbacks that threw more interceptions than touchdowns. Mariota ran under the ball and caught it for a touchdown. The Chiefs' weakness just so happens to be the Patriots' weakness: Run defense.

Also 13-3 this season, the Steelers matched the Patriots in wins and losses, but two of those three losses haunt them: a loss to Jacksonville in Week 5 and a loss to the Patriots at the end of the season.

Brady took exception to the notion that unnamed players claimed Brady was happy to see Garoppolo go during his weekly interview on radio station WEEI.

Mariota was sixth in the National Football League in third-down passer rating this season, a list headed by the Patriots' Tom Brady.

With the injury to DeMarco Murray, many thought the Titans' running game was going to struggle, but it has actually improved with second-year back Derrick Henry stepping up. Brady reiterated on Thursday that his mind remains on the field. That's what I really want it to be about: "what's happening good for our franchise". You know what I'm saying?

"I'm just trying to play better every week".

"It's a playoff game, so it's not like it's the preseason where I can go out there, 'Oh, it's Brady, ' and I'm chillin, '" Tennessee All-Pro safety Kevin Byard said.