Titans give Patriots rare home playoff loss

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New England Patriots dynasty may be coming to an end. Despite a winning record, the Patriots did not look like themselves throughout the season.

The six-seed Tennessee Titans defeated the three-seed Patriots on Wild Card round Saturday night. The Titans won 20-13 over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill hands the ball off to Derrick Henry against the Houston Texans
Ryan Tannehill hands the ball off to Derrick Henry against the Houston Texans (Getty Images)

The Titans with the win will now move on to face the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Tennessee and Baltimore will now do battle on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 pm EST.

With the win, the Titans improved to 10-7 on the season. The Patriots concluded their season with a 12-5 mark.

This was the Patriots home playoff loss since the 2012 AFC Conference Championship game. In that contest, the Ravens won 28-13 over the Patriots on Jan. 20, 2013.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 8 of 15 for 72 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Derrick Henry had 34 carries for 182 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Firkser had two receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 20 of 37 for 209 yards. He also had one interception.

Brady was non-committal on his future with the franchise in 2020. He is expected to be a free agent in March.

“I love the Patriots,” the 42-year-old quarterback said. “I would say it’s pretty unlikely [retirement], hopefully unlikely. I love playing football. I don’t know what it looks like moving forward.”

Sony Michel had 14 carries for 61 yards. James White had five receptions for 62 yards.

Tennessee outscored New England, 6-0, in the second half. Logan Ryan scored on a nine-yard interception return for a touchdown. Following the score, the two-point conversion failed.

The Titans led 14-13 at halftime. Tannehill hit Firkser for a 12-yard touchdown reception. Henry also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

“It’s a great win against a great team in a hostile environment,” Henry said of the Titans win on his 26th birthday. “Credit to my team. I’m just happy we were able to advance.

“We were just locked in. That was our mindset, just coming in here doing what we needed to do in all three phases, stay locked in no matter what happens in the game, and I feel like we did that.”

Patriots’ Julian Edelman scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown. Nick Folk also made two field goals.

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