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Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 07:20

Asked if expected to return to coach New England next season, the famously taciturn Belichick responded with one word - "Absolutely" - insisting he remained exclusively focused on the Titans. Tom Brady has had another spectacular year at the helm for Bill Belichick.

Jacksonville, who beat the Buffalo Bills 10-3 to set up a meeting with the Steelers, enjoy a surprising 13-11 all-time record over Pittsburgh, including a 30-9 victory in October.

Henry also had 85 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 35-yard touchdown, for the NFL's third-best rushing performance in the fourth quarter of a playoff game since the 1991 season. Unfortunately for them, they have not been quite as successful when it comes to defending opposing arms (25th ranked passing defense). This is Mariota's second start.

"I think the main thing is we know how teams are trying to attack us because they'll look at the success that other mobile quarterbacks might have had against us", Patriots safety Duron Harmon said.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan enters Saturday's game with a passer rating of at least 100 in five consecutive postseason games, tied for the second-longest streak in National Football League history.

Could this be the last run for this Patriots group? This week, Tom Brady will be the target and the Titans have to get to him.

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 turnover differential can often decide football games. "He can certainly run inside and break tackles, he's a tough runner, he can get tough runs".

Brady had not met with a large contingent of local reporters prior to Thursday to discuss the ESPN report of discord at the top of the Patriots' hierarchy. Rookie cornerback Adoree' Jackson and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo forced three fumbles, each, this year. Byard could cause a lot of problems and keep New England from throwing the deep ball. Rex Burkhead and James White combined for 435 yards and five touchdowns.

Psst... there's an AFC Divisional Round game this weekend, and the Patriots are playing in it. Dion Lewis is another talented receiving-back for the Pats. If Henry can't get going, the Titans will have to rely on Mariota's arm, and that could spell doom for their chances.

The Patriots gained one corner this past offseason and lost another in Logan Ryan to the Tennessee Titans. Some were small (Tyrod Taylor), some were big (Ben Roethlisberger), some were Supermen (Cam Newton) and some were Saints (Drew Brees). He called himself "soft" and he definitely atoned for the season finale versus the Kansas City Chiefs (23 carries, 156 yards and one touchdown).

Murray was diagnosed with a Grade 3 tear of the MCL in his right knee two weeks ago and hasn't played or practiced since suffering what Mularkey called a "pretty good" knee injury at the end of the Titans' loss to the Los Angeles Rams on December 24. It's an injury that can take from two to six weeks to heal. If anything, that sort of stuff would come from Tennessee GM Jon Robinson, who came up through New England's front office. Getting hands up and deflecting balls, which could lead to interceptions, is key. Reliable for this Tennessee offense. Every team is good at this time of year. He knows exactly where and how to locate Rob Gronkowski, when to find his quartet of running backs out of the backfield, or when to take a shot deep to Brandin Cooks.