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Patriots, Eagles in National Football League championship games

Patriots, Eagles in National Football League championship games

The Patriots will be going to their NFL-record seventh straight conference championship game after their 35-14 drubbing of the Titans Saturday, but honestly, who cares about something everyone knew was going to happen?

Regardless, NFL playoff games generally come down to the quarterback play, and the discrepancy between the haves and have-nots in each of the four divisional games is stark - and likely the reason the teams considered the "haves" will advance to the championship round. The Titans have Marcus Mariota and his one career playoff win, a 22-21 thriller at Kansas City. Belichick is used to having final say in all things Patriot related.

In the 2017 regular season, Tom Brady was sacked 35 times.

The Patriots appeared to have a touchdown three plays earlier, when Dion Lewis caught a pass from Brady and was tackled by Wesley Woodyard at the 19.

But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly? The Patriots have the AGC's best record at 13-3 and will be hosting a Titans team who is 10-7 on the year but just 4-5 on the road this year.

If Mariota, Henry and Casey dominate and the Titans avoid big mistakes (Mariota threw a career-high 15 interceptions during the regular season), they'll have a small shot. Granted, he makes each upcoming opponent seem like the 1960s Green Bay Packers. But he said watching the efficiency of Brady and the Patriots was a learning experience he will take with him moving forward. Tennessee can certainly shock the world, even if no one expects them to.




But the Titans are a team that has a lot of momentum after coming back from an 18 point deficit against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend. They will win this game easily.

Their first postseason appearance since 2008 eventually got off to a good start last Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Yeah, the Titans can play.

The Patriots stretched their margin to 14 points just before halftime after a trio of careless penalties by the Titans. Meanwhile, Matt Ryan - nine years older than his opponent Jared Goff - is fresh off a Super Bowl run and now sports the second-highest postseason passer rating in National Football League history (among QBs with at least 250 pass attempts).

"Whether you are pressuring or whether you are going coverage, if he knows where you are going, then he is going to be pretty effective", LeBeau said. Linebackers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo lead the pass rush for Tennessee, with 7.5 and 7.0 sacks respectively. However, they managed just 159 yards the rest of the way as the Patriots' defence kept the Tennessee ground game in check.

When it comes to the New England Patriots, their familiarity with the NFL Playoffs is that of old friends. While New England is seeking its sixth Super Bowl victory and eighth Super Bowl appearance in the 17 season of the partnership of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, Tennessee is in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. Brady and Kraft aren't going anywhere.

Ryan was an underrated but highly valuable cornerback for the Patriots, often drawing the toughest receiving matchup.


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