Patriots WR Chris Hogan cleared to play vs. Titans

Wide receiver #15 Chris Hogan and the Patriots warm up for practice at Gillette Stadium. Wednesday

What They're Saying: Tennessee Titans

Eyewitness News also met fans from Texas and Hawaii, showing that New England Nation extends far beyond the region's borders.

- Tom Brady owns 25 playoff wins, the most ever.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota was the beneficiary of a couple of dubious calls last week but did make some spectacular plays, nearly reminding one that he won the Heisman Trophy with the Oregon Ducks, but he has been even more inconsistent than Henry during his three-year professional career. Linebackers Brian Orakpo (seven) and Wesley Woodyard (five) give the Titans a variety of options to attack Brady, not counting backup linebacker Erik Walden (four). Yes, it seems like the Patriots offensive line play has dipped this season, and the numbers back that up.

But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly?

Even with believing the Titans were on the wrong end of some of the calls, Mularkey made it clear that wasn't the reason they lost the game. Additionally, the Titans Week 17 upset over the Jacksonville Jaguars assured they would not miss the playoffs. They need to be on their games and make life miserable for No. 12.

Numbers: TITANS: Defeated Chiefs, 22-21, in AFC Wild Card Playoffs last week...9-7 record, reached playoffs in '17 (9-7 in '16)... Luckily, Belichick can win with any of their backs and one of them was not listed on the report, the explosive Dion Lewis.

History: Titans head to Foxborough for second time in 3 years as teams meet in postseason for third time... Yeah, the Titans can play. For Super Bowl LII, the Patriots are +162 to repeat and the Titans +3300 long shots. 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).

Guard Quinton Spain was held from practice early in the week with a back injury but put in a full practice later in the week.

"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.

Tennessee's defense - led by linebackers Derrick Morgan, Avery Williamson, Wesley Woodyard and Brian Orakpo - is physical and can turn a game quickly.

When it comes to the New England Patriots, their familiarity with the NFL Playoffs is that of old friends.

New England knows how to take advantage of turnovers and could make this a blow out if the Titans can't protect the ball.

Things to look for: Can the Tennessee Titans dethrone the defending Super Bowl champions? "It doesn't really matter what happened outside of this facility".

The New England Patriots are 13-point favorites (via OddsShark) to end the Tennessee Titans' 2017 season.

Kraft, Belichick and Brady have been together since 2000, and been instrumental in a dominant run by the franchise.

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