AFC Divisional Playoffs Live Blog: Patriots vs. Titans

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The NFL playoffs are finally here for the Patriots and their fans, and I’m here to give you live updates from tonight’s showdown with the Tennessee Titans, a team that nobody is giving a chance. The Titans are dangerous, as they showed after coming back from an 18-point deficit at the half, but they’ll need to play a perfect game to win tonight. We’ll update you on who is inactive for both teams in about 20 minutes (inactives are announced 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

INACTIVE

PATRIOTS- DT Alan Branch, RB Mike Gillislee, RB Rex Burkhead, WR Kenny Britt, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris, CB Johnson Bademosi

TITANS- RB DeMarco Murray, QB Brandon Weeden, RB Khalfani Muhammed, DB Curtis Riley, OLB Josh Carraway, G/C Corey Levin, DL David King

We’re eight minutes from kickoff! Everyone enjoy the game, and if you have an comments or questions, be sure to hit me up on Twitter (handle is at the bottom of the page.) Enjoy the game!

FIRST QUARTER

15:00- The Patriots won the toss, and tonight they will receive to open the game, something they don’t typically do. Succup kicked it through the end zone for the touchback.

14:55- Amendola with a gain of six on the catch, 2nd & 4…

14:21- Two-yard gain by Lewis, 3rd & 1….

13:43- Gronkowski with a gain of 14 for the 1st down. 1st & 10 from the Patriots 48.

13:06- Four yard run by Lewis, 2nd & 6…

12:47- Good coverage, Brady had all day and couldn’t find anyone. 3rd & 6…

12:43-┬áBig stop for the Titans, and the Patriots are forced to punt. The Titans are pinned back; let’s see if the Patriots defense can limit yardage and get the ball back to the offense.

12:28- Three yard gain by Henry, 2nd & 7…

11:54- Corey Davis WIDE OPEN in the flat for a 10 yard gain, 1st & 10, Titans.

11:23- Three-yard gain by Henry, 2nd & 7…

10:40- Harrison makes a strong play against the run, setting the edge. 3rd & 7, Titans…Titans don’t like what they see, so Mariota calls a timeout.

9:55- Wise with the sack! Amendola returned the punt nine yards to the Patriots 34. The Patriots offense will take the field for their second series, this time trying to put together a scoring drive. Get James White involved in the pass game, it will force them to adjust their coverage.

9:21- One yard loss for Lewis, 2nd & 11…

8:18- Three yard gain by Lewis, 3rd & 8…

7:45-Huge catch by Amendola gives the Patriots the first down. 1st & 10…

6:44- Jackson with strong coverage on Cooks, ball is dropped. 3rd & 7…

6:41- Terrible throw by Brady┬áto a wide open Gronk, Patriots are forced to punt again. I’m not sure why the Patriots are trying to run so much against this Titans front, it is a recipe for disaster. Two series, two punts. 1st & 10, Titans.

6:22- 36-yard gain by Delanie Walker; this is an awful start for the Patriots overall.

5:44- Three-yard gain by Henry, 2nd & 7…

5:03- Gilmore with terrific coverage, breaks up the pass to force 3rd & 7.

4:30- 1st down run by Mariota, the defense brokedown and couldn’t make the play.

4:05- Three-yard gain by Henry, 2nd & 7…

3:20- Four-yard gain by Henry, 3rd & 3…huge play for both teams. Jack Conklin was injured on the play, which is big for the Titans.

3:06- Another 3rd down conversion for the Titans. 1st & 10 from the Patriots 30.

2:30- Strong coverage by the Patriots, 2nd & 10…

2:24- Mariota with the designed sweep to the right for 11 yards. The Patriots could be in trouble.

1:48- Four-yard run by Henry, 2nd & 6…

1:14- Touchdown, Titans. Corey Davis, who has been the biggest 1st round bust in the NFL this year, makes a one-handed catch to give the Titans the first score of the game. This is not good; if the Patriots offense doesn’t wake up, we could be looking at 2010 all over again. Titans 7, Patriots 0

:59- 14-yard gain by Cooks; there is no reason the Patriots shouldn’t be moving the ball on this putrid pass defense. 1st & 10.

:21- Four-yard gain by Lewis, 2nd & 6…

:00- Seven-yard gain by Lewis for the 1st down to end the first quarter, a quarter won by the underdog-Titans. The Patriots need to answer right now with a touchdown; not a field goal, a touchdown. Titans 7, Patriots 0

SECOND QUARTER

15:00- Lewis picks up 30 yards on the screen pass to give the Patriots their first big play. It was ruled a TD, but he was down by contact. 1st & 10 from the Titans 19…

14:43- 15-yard gain on the catch by Lewis, 1st & Goal at the Titans 5…

13:46- White for no gain…I hate that play-call. 2nd & Goal…

13:18- Touchdown, Patriots!! …and I LOVE that playcall. Get white going outside and he gets up the field, just like on that touchdown. Great response by the Patriots offense, and they may have just figured out what the Titans are trying to do to stop them. Let’s see if the defense can get them the ball back. Patriots 7, Titans 7

13:08- Two-yard gain by Henry, 2nd & 8…

12:29- Gain of three by Henry, 3rd & 5…the Patriots defense needs a stop here.

11:48- Obvious OPI on Eric Decker, Titans are backed up 10 yards. 3rd & 14 from the Titans 16…

11:23- Incomplete pass, and the defense gets the stop they needed. Bad punt fielded by Amendola at the Titans 48. New England’s offense gets a short field after establishing some momentum on the last drive.

11:11- Quick outside pass to Cooks for a gain of 15, 1st & 10….

10:41- Another 1st down, this time to Lewis on the pass to the flat, 1st & 10, no huddle time…

10:06- Five yard gain by Lewis, 2nd & 5…stick to the no-huddle, it works.

9:20- Touchdown, Patriots!! White takes the outside sweep in from five yards out, a better designed play for White to run on. Patriots 14, Titans 7

*The Titans cannot stop White, Lewis, or the no-huddle. Keep doing it and force them to adjust, and that will open up EVERYTHING. If the defense gets another stop, the Patriots offense could impose their will and score another touchdown before the half.

8:49- 22 yard gain by Decker, a strong first play after getting punched in the face by the Patriots offense.

8:38- Missed big play for the Titans, 2nd & 10…

8:32- Three-yard gain by Henry, Harrison makes another tackle. 3rd & 7…

8:00- Five yard gain forces a punt for the Titans; I honestly would have gone for it if I’m Mularkey with the way this Patriots offense is starting to click.

7:10- Five yard gain by Amendola, 2nd & 5…

6:35- Hogan drops the perfect pass, 3rd & 5…

6:32- Encroachment by the Titans, wow. They initially called that on New England, then changed it. Here come the haters. Twitter might explode right now.

6:17- Five-yard gain by Lewis, 2nd & 5…

5:46- DPI on Cyprien, who was all over Gronk on the pass. 1st & 10 from their own 29.

5:40- Cooks just misses the deep ball; barely missed him. 2nd & 10…

5:33- Seven-yard catch by Lewis, 3rd & 3 from the 37…

4:57- Amendola wide open for a gain of 10, 1st & 10, no huddle coming…

4:26- Six yard gain by Amendola, 2nd & 4…

4:18- Jackson breaks up the pass, 3rd & 4, big play….

4:10- 1st down catch by Gronk, 1st & 10 from the Titans 38…

3:42- Five-yard run by White; the Patriots are exposing their formations…2nd & 5…

2:55- Fake screen and Gronk is wide open over the middle, 1st down…

2:31- Seven-yard gain by Amendola, and the Titans give a gift of a penalty with the late hit. 1st & Goal from the six…

2:07- Two-yard gain by Lewis on the run, and we have reached the two-minute warning. 2nd & Goal from the Titans four…

2:00- Incomplete pass, Cooks went the wrong way…3rd & Goal…

1:52- Touchdown, Patriots!! Hogan makes the catch after Brady patiently works the pocket. Hogan made a bad drop on this drive (Logan Ryan did NOT break up the pass) and he makes up for it with the huge touchdown catch. The Titans will have 1:52 to put together a scoring drive. Patriots 21, Titans 7

1:45- 15 yard gain by Decker, 1st & 10…

1:41- Walker makes the catch for four, 2nd & 6…

1:21- False start on the Titans, 2nd & 11 plus a ten-second runoff.

1:11- Rowe makes a great tackle, keeping Smith in-bounds. 3rd & 7…

:50- Illegal contact on Chung gives the Titans the 1st down.

:41- Incomplete pass to Taylor, who was covered by Rowe. 2nd & 10 from the Titans 45…

:33- Good pressure from Harrison forces a tough throw from Mariota which was incomplete. 3rd & 10 from the Titans 45…

:25- Mariota runs, but is one-yard short. 4th & 1 from the Patriots 46…and the Titans use their last timeout!?! Wow, that was dumb. You need to think ahead, and they should have had two plays ready for that 4th & 1…

:25- Stuffed!!! Henry loses five yards on the awful playcall, and the Patriots might have a chance to kick a field goal.

:11- Five-yard gain by White, timeout. 2nd & 6 from the Titans 46…

:06- White drops one he should have caught, and it would have been enough for the FG attempt.

:01- Amendola for 10, Patriots will attempt the field goal.

:01- Gostkowski misses the 53-yard field goal; I usually rip him, but that isn’t an easy kick. The Titans dodged a bullet, but they are still down by two touchdowns going into the second half. Patriots 21, Titans 7

HALFTIME

THIRD QUARTER

15:00- Titans will start from their own 27 after the short kick and Jackson return.

14:56- Six-yard gain through the air, 2nd & 3…

14:17- Holding on the Titans, which was forced by James Harrison; good job by the ex-Steeler. 2nd & 13…

13:45- Six yard gain, 3rd & 7…

13:12- Sacked!! Adam Butler gets the inside rush to force the three-and-out, which is not good for the Titans. Amendola returns it to the Titans 28. 1st & 10, Patriots.

12:21- Nine yard gain by Lewis on the screen, 2nd & 1…

11:29- After picking up the 1st down, Brady throws an incompletion. 2nd & 10…

11:22- That was either a busted play or just a horrible design; 3rd & 13 after the three-yard loss. LaAdrian Waddle got banged up on the play.

11:08- White drops the pass, which was right in the bucket. It was a tough play, but he should have made it. Patriots are forced to punt, and the Titans will take over at their own 23. Patriots 21, Titans 7

10:36- False start on the Titans, already backing up. Inexcusable for a WR to jump. 1st & 15…

10:30- Sack!! Ricky Jean-Francois with the sack, forcing the Titans into a 2nd & 23 situation.

9:45- Sacked again!! Marquis Flowers on the blitz, and Mariota never had a chance. 3rd & 31…

9:05- 14 yard gain and the Titans are forced to punt. Great pass rush, which should scare the hell out of the remaining teams in the playoffs. Amendola calls for the fair catch at the Patriots 44. Good field position, let’s see if the Patriots can pick up another score.

8:09- Gronk with a gain of 25 on the catch, 1st & 10…

7:37- Drop by Lewis on a catchable ball, 2nd & 10…

7:32- Cooks picks up seven, 3rd & 3…

6:50- Ten-yard gain by Amendola, another 1st down for the Patriots. Amendola has been awesome tonight. 1st & 10 from the 15…

6:10- Three yard run by Lewis, 2nd & 7…

5:34- Six-yard catch by Amendola (it was really seven, but they got a bad spot.) 3rd & 1…

4:35- 1st down run by Bolden, 1st & Goal from the three…

4:04- Good coverage by Byard, the All-Pro safety. 2nd & Goal…

4:02- Touchdown, Patriots!! Bolden takes it in on the iso through the A-gap, and Gostkowski drills the extra point. The Patriots extend their lead to three touchdowns. Patriots 28, Titans 7

3:55- The Titans will take over at the 35 after a dumb roughing penalty on Brandon King. DUMB, just don’t do that. You have a huge lead, why give them anything? Whistle blows, WALK AWAY. 1st & 10, Titans.

3:55- Wow, the Titans are dumb. Illegal motion, 15 yards forward, 5 yards back…

3:47- Sack!! Trey Flowers rips through and puts the Titans in a 2nd & 22 hole…

3:08- Incomplete pass makes it 3rd & 22; the Patriots need make this stop, which could essentially end this.

2:57- Chung does his job, making the tackle after a gain of six. On 4th and 16, the Titans are forced to punt again. The Patriots offense takes over at their own nine after a holding penalty. 1st & 10, Patriots.

2:20- Pass is batted down, 2nd & 10…

2:05- Five yard run by Lewis, 3rd & 5…

1:25- First down catch by White, 1st & 10 from the Patriots 29…

:53- Two yard run by Lewis, 2nd & 8…

:08- Brady had all day, and even when the Titans are called for illegal contact, Brady makes the play to Amendola for 26 yards. 1st & 10, Patriots.

:00- That is the end of three, and the Patriots are in total command. New England will have a first down at the Titans 43 to open the 4th quarter. A touchdown here and we may see Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on the bench for the rest of the night. Patriots 28, Titans 7

FOURTH QUARTER

15:00- Incomplete to Gronk, who almost made a great catch. 2nd & 10…

14:46- 15-yard gain to Gronk the backshoulder fade, 1st & 10. Brady was struggling very early, but he has been awesome since.

13:45- Two incomplete passes, the last one almost picked, and the Patriots are facing a 3rd & 10 from the Titans 28…

13:32- Brady is 40? Wow, that was crazy, and a hell of a catch by DA too. 1st & 10…

12:58- Lewis gets three out of nothing, a strong run to make it 2nd & 7…

12:15- Another play that looked broken turns into six yards, making it 3rd & Inches….

11:57- Brady sneaks for the 1st down, making it 1st & Goal from the Titans five…

10:54- 2nd & Goal after the one-yard gain…

10:22- Touchdown, Patriots!! Gronk with the touchdown catch to make it a four-touchdown lead. After starting slow, this has turned into a TB-12 CLINIC. Patriots 35, Titans 7

10:16- Davis picks up nine on the catch, 2nd & 1 from their own 34…

9:42- Incomplete pass to Walker, Titans facing another 3rd down. 3rd & 1…

9:33- 1st down run by Henry, 1st & 10…

9:15- Incomplete pass, 2nd & 10.

9:08- Sack!! Wise makes the sack after the jailbreak pass rush, and the Titans will now be faced with 3rd & 17 from their own 30. Six sacks for the Patriots tonight.

8:38- Walker picks up eight, but the Titans will be forced to punt again. Let’s see if Brady is done for the night; offense takes over at their own 21. Patriots 35, Titans 7

7:58- 20 yard run (I think) by Bolden, giving the Patriots another 1st down. Brady is still in.

7:24- No gain for Bolden, 2nd & 10…

6:26- 3rd & 9, Patriots, from their own 43…

5:57- Cooks drops the bomb, although he was in double coverage. Ryan Allen with the punt into the end zone for the touchback. Both teams are just playing the clock out at this point. The Patriots are headed to their SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE AFC TITLE GAME! What an amazing accomplishment.

5:08- 1st & 10, Titans, from their own 37…

4:46- Incomplete pass to Walker, 2nd & 10…

4:40- Matthews with the catch and 1st down.

4:25- Incomplete pass by Mariota, 3rd & 10…

4:15- 1st down catch, but the only thing that matters about that play is the injury to Jonathan Jones, the Patriots excellent nickel back and special teamer. That would be a HUGE loss if he was to have a significant injury. That is one to keep an eye on. The Patriots challenged the catch.

4:05- Sack!! Grissom picks up the Patriots seventh sack of the night. 2nd & 22…

3:26- Decker for 11, 3rd & 11…

3:19- Incomplete pass, 4th & 11…

3:13- Davis makes the catch at the 12, 1st down, Titans.

3:08- 2nd & 10 from the Patriots 13…

2:57- Sack! The is eight sacks now, and two for Geneo Grissom. 3rd & 10…

2:00- We have reached the two-minute warning with the Titans facing 4th & 9…

1:55- Touchdown, Titans. Confidence drive for the Titans, and all that does is make the game look a little closer. Patriots 35, Titans 14

1:55- Onside kick is recovered by the Patriots, and that will do it. The Titans do have three timeouts, and they may use them, but that is just avoiding the inevitable. Patriots take over at the Titans 38. Hoyer comes in, and the Patriots will down the ball; the Titans will not use their timeouts, which is the right thing to do.

:00- That’ll do it here from Foxboro, and your New England Patriots are headed back to the AFC Championship for the seventh year in a row. Simply amazing.

FINAL SCORE- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 35, TENNESSEE TITANS 14

Thank you for joining us, and be sure to come back next week at 3 PM ET when the Patriots host either the Steelers or the Jaguars. Have a great night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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