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The Titans (10-7) rallied from a 21-3 deficit to pull off a 22-21 wildcard win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

New England clinched its seventh straight appearance in the AFC championship game with a 35-14 victory over Tennessee. The task will be tough for Tennessee.

The Patriots removed Hogan from the injury report, and he will play for the first time since December 11, when he caught one pass for one yard in a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins. Will those distractions galvanize them or will they throw them off course?

Devin McCourty (left) and the rest of the Patriots defense will have their hands full Saturday night against Titans dual-threat QB Marcus Mariota. As for getting a read of the Patriots, there are plenty of men in the Titans organization who can do that just fine without inside info.

Believe what you want of the report, but certainly it's more than plausible that after 17 years, Kraft, Belichick and Brady - three of the NFL's largest personalities - have disagreed over something, over several things.

There is little doubt that the Titans plan on feeding the rock to running back Derrick Henry.

He called himself "soft" and he definitely atoned for the season finale versus the Kansas City Chiefs (23 carries, 156 yards and one touchdown).

Tennessee initially forced a three-and-out but gave up a first down with a fourth-and-5 neutral zone infraction on Brynden Trawick before New England's punt attempt.

In extending yet another of their own National Football League records, the Patriots are headed back to the AFC Championship Game for a seventh consecutive season.

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Let's hold our horses here. However, another key to the game will be Mariota's ability to make a few plays through the air. In fact, there are many Titans fans that are not sure he will ever be a great quarterback.

The Titans were able to engineer an awesome upset against the Kansas City Chiefs to advance out of the wildcard weekend and will travel to Foxborough, MA.

"I'm trying to go out there and win the game". The Patriots never underestimate anyone, one reason they're so good. "So I don't really need to tell them anything they haven't seen".

No catchy line for this point. The Patriots won all three phases, and made Tennessee look every bit the double-digit underdogs they arrived as.

Corey Davis was the only star of the Titans. There can not be any slipups this week versus the Patriots. Simple fundamentals like running and catching can go a long way. It is a given that if you are able to get garbage at the feet of Tom Brady, he is not the same QB. Keeping him in that mode would serve them well. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is next on their list with 6.0 sacks of his own, which is rare for an interior defensive lineman.

His return should shake up the Patriots' depth chart, as he was paired with Brandin Cooks as the team's top two receivers when through the first half of the season. Sure, Casey has to play well but someone has to be there to benefit from his pressures up the middle, so why not Orapko?

Henry has played all but four of Tennessee's offensive snaps over the past two games. It is possible none have come with the distinct strain of uneasiness now surrounding him. However, in this game, he needs to be not only solid on the field but solid in what information he can provide for his team.

If Tom Brady has fallen off a cliff, it sure wasn't a far drop. "We know there's a lot at stake and I think everyone's put a lot into it".

"Embarrassed", Mariota said. "You don't play to come and lose in the divisional playoffs". Survive and advance or fall to the champs?

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