Patriots' Chris Hogan (shoulder) active for Divisional Round matchup

Reigning NFL Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots were a class above as they saw off the Tennessee Titans 35-14 in the divisional round. Eyewitness News also met fans from Texas and Hawaii, showing that New England Nation extends far beyond the region's borders. The Titans were lucky to get out of Kansas City with a win; the Mariota pass deflected back to him for a touchdown was freakish. Yes, it seems like the Patriots offensive line play has dipped this season, and the numbers back that up.

"I don't think you take it for granted".

But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly? "I'll answer any questions about the Titans, but that's it".

After the Titans grabbed an early 7-0 lead, the Patriots took control and cruised to a 35-14 victory to clinch a spot in the AFC championship game for a record seventh straight year. This year, they'll get the Tennessee Titans - in front of a packed house at a frigid Gillette Stadium.

The Tennessee Titans engineered an excellent comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs during the Wild Card Round, scoring 19 unanswered points to turn a 21-3 deficit into a 22-21 victory.

However, Atlanta may get a chance to exact revenge, as it is just two games from returning to the Super Bowl. Earlier this season the Houston Texans and a healthy DeShaun Watson nearly beat the Patriots at home. It was an eight-point spread last week [in Kansas City]. Yeah, the Titans can play. While Mariota will make some plays with his legs early, and Henry will have a strong game, the Patriots and Brady prove to be too much for the upset-minded Titans. The Patriots defense needs to focus on him to make sure that doesn't happen. If Casey is able to bring the pressure up the middle, there is no way Brady is outrunning anyone while he runs outside. "Patriots first team in National Football League history awarded back-to-back bye weeks before the AFC Championship". That's what made the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor calling his performance "kind of soft" in Tennessee's regular-season finale stand out.

In between, he spent a lot of time trying to limp away from the New England Patriots rush. Unfortunately, this is the New England Patriots.

The general belief is there are four contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC, two in the AFC. After all, he was a member of the Patriots for a few years before becoming a Titan.

Ryan could figure prominently in Tennessee's coverage of Rob Gronkowski. You can't go and beat yourselves, " he said. In this game that's Gronk. This year, it looks like Dion Lewis will be that guy.

Patriots vs Titans is here. Only LeGarrette Blount (114 yards for the Patriots vs. the Colts on January 11, 2014) and Derek Loville (97 yards for the Broncos against the Jaguars on December 27, 1997) have been better in that span.

The Patriots are the kings of blocking out the noise.

Spygate? The Patriots ran through a ideal regular season before losing in the Super Bowl. Part has to do with the Falcons almost winning the Super Bowl last February. An explosive ESPN article from last week suggests that there has been a rift between superstar quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft. They don't get along.

"I think he learned a lot in that Jacksonville game with the number of carries he had", Mularkey said. There's been so many nice things said about me. They've all denied there's a rift, which is what you would expect them to do. This will be a point of emphasis for Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Will the distractions finally catch up with the Patriots? I don't see anyway that the Patriots don't win this game.

  • Julie Sanders