New England Patriots: 5 players to watch for vs Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville already has done that, routing the Steelers at Heinz Field 30-9 in Week 5. "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident". Even though the Jaguars are one of only two teams to have a winning record in Pittsburgh during the Roethlisberger era (4-1), Bortles is the more likely QB to throw five picks in what amounts to the biggest game of his life.

Divisional round games continue on Sunday with the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), who like the Patriots and Eagles had a first-round bye, hosting AFC South victor Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6). Quarterback Marcus Mariota ran an air-it-out attack at OR but hasn't been an effective passer this season (13 TD, 15 INT).The Titans best chance to win this game is to make it a tough, grind it out affair, relying on their run game and defense. LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers won home-field advantage in 2004 by beating the Patriots 34-20 on October 31, then Belichick and New England won the AFC conference championship January 23, 2005, beating the Steelers 41-27. The Patriots not only have a respite from the chess match with the Chiefs offense, but any chance of them taking the Titans lightly was erased by the explosive ESPN story about dissension involving Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft.

"We do what we always do. We just try to do all the little things because we know if we have a great week of practice, it usually translates to a good performance during Saturday".

"We suspect the public will be supporting the Falcons because they don't believe in Nick Foles, and because Atlanta looked" strong in defeating the Rams at the Coliseum on Saturday night, Kornegay said. "It doesn't really matter what happened outside of this facility".

Safety Kevin Byard was tied for the National Football League lead in interceptions this year with eight, and don't forget old friend Logan Ryan, a tough corner who thrived in matchups here in New England. It would be a huge upset if the Pats loss this game.

This might be the best game of the weekend and is also a rematch of sorts from a regular-season game.

"Tom Brady is a great quarterback, but it's a playoff game". "I can't complain. I like where I am". "So, we know we're going to have to be ready to fix the mistakes that we might have had against those mobile quarterbacks". He's fast, he can cut back, he can get to space. By almost every metric, the Los Angeles Rams are better than the Atlanta Falcons. Part has to do with the Falcons almost winning the Super Bowl last February.

Foles, though, has had some success in Philadelphia.

"Yeah, there's going to be wonder", Pederson said. "I've played this game a long time. I think he saw that, and obviously he's a quick, fast learner". "So, we've played quarterbacks like this where we do want to try to keep him in the pocket, but I think that's just the beginning part of it". This will be Brady's 35th playoff game and Mariota's second. Joe Montana (45), Brett Favre (44), Peyton Manning (40) and Aaron Rodgers (36) round out the top five. Case Keenum has put together a superb stretch of games since replacing the injured Bradford.

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