Tom Brady is 6-1 against Tennessee as a starter, including a 2003 victory at the same stage of the playoffs. He has 13 passing touchdowns and one interception in those games - his best touchdown to interception ratio against any opponent in his career.
And amid reported turmoil involving Brady, owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, the quarterback isn't likely to lose focus.
In a joint statement last week, all three men brushed aside any insinuation of strife at the top of one of the NFL's jewel franchises.
"The difference from (Saturday) and a number of the games during the year where he didn't have the ability to do some of the things we did, especially escaping the pocket and making some first downs ...", Mularkey says. There's a lot at stake, I think everyone's put a lot into it. If Mitchell is not included in the mix, the Patriots will have Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt, and Phillip Dorsett at the receiver position.
"He's the ultimate professional and he gets his teammates better". There's somebody inside him who's a little off, like a little insane. "Time." When pressed about it, Brady simply noted the importance of the Tennessee game.
The Falcons this season took half the year to emerge from their Super Bowl hangover, and they lost the game, which should have motivated them to start fast the next season and gain home-field advantage instead of their tougher route on the road as a No. 6 seed.
Harrison is capable of getting it done both as a pass-rusher and also against the run, so however the Patriots opt to deploy him, it could mean big things for this defense.
The New England Patriots said they are not concerned about the temperature and will be ready for anything come game time. You see what they did last week in a big playoff game. "Ignore the noise from the outside and I feel like that's what myself, a lot of other players have been doing", tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters. "I'm just trying to improve daily". I want to make him look like (Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback) Blake Bortles if I can to try to catch a couple picks.
Tom Brady made his lone appearance at the podium in Foxboro this week as he continues to prepare to extend his National Football League record of postseason games played.
If the Patriots are to handle business against the Titans and advance, they will need some players to step up. This is very new to this team and to the city. "I think that speaks volumes with him just wearing teams down". It most certainly is Henry's time to star for this team. "It's really going to come down to execution". Stud linebacker Don't'a Hightower went on IR earlier in the season with a torn pectoral muscle and free agent signing David Harris has not been able to see the field consistently.
"An extremely athletic guy, so there is a huge factor of mobility with him", defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said.
The Patriots have won two of their three playoff games since 2001 against negative point-differential teams; once again, it's the Giants to throw a wrench into the theorem thanks to their win in Super Bowl XLVI. "This is the time in the season where you've just got to lay it all on the line".
Brady isn't taking anything for granted.
Britt has waited the longest out of any of the players to appear in a postseason game.