'Play our best:' Brady brushes off controversy, focuses on Titans

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Since the last time the Titans won a playoff game, the Patriots have won four Super Bowls.

The Patriots will beat the Titans 31-14 on Saturday, but it won't be the Steelers coming to town next weekend for the AFC Championship. The Titans came all the way back from a pretty big deficit to knock off the Chiefs on the road so momentum is on their side, but that can only take you so far. Pittsburgh lost only once after that, at home to the Patriots in a game that decided the AFC's top seed. But what would be the challenge in that? So, sure, why not?

He wrote this in his column: "The Titans are a joke and have no business making the trek to Foxborough for a divisional playoff game Saturday night".

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. So I expect Marcus Mariota to skip his way to a large tally. A trailer promoting the movie came out earlier this week. But Belichick's defenses have always thrived on discipline and every player fulfilling his responsibility.

Mariota, who battled a nagging hamstring injury much of the season, says he is the healthiest he's been. RB Derrick Henry rushed for 156 yards and a TD last week, joining Eddie George (1/16/2000) as only players in team history with 150-plus yards rushing in postseason game ... Brady reiterated on Thursday that his mind remains on the field. Is 1 of 5 QBs in National Football League history with 9,000+ pass yards (9,476) & 900+ rush yards (913) in 1st 3 seasons. Maybe, just maybe, they can make the Pats worry. They do a lot of different things, whether it's their fronts, whether it's their schemes and their coverages.

We still managed to have the NFL's best record at 15-1 before we were beaten in a heartbreaking, overtime NFC title game, and that loss had nothing to do with off-field happenings. We've got to be good in the red zone, we've got to convert third downs, that doesn't change for us.

"They were lucky", many will cry. He has 13 passing touchdowns and one interception in those games - his best touchdown to interception ratio against any opponent in his career. Not so much (though Tennessee is willing to joke about it).

Question: Why did you decide to mimic Chris Johnson's touchdown celebration after you scored against the Chiefs? Mariota also threw a touchdown to Eric Decker from the 22. The only time they haven't since 2011 happened in 2012, when the Texans visited New England in the late-afternoon Sunday game. Offensive lineman Josh Kline spent the 2013 through 2015 seasons with the Patriots.

Ryan still gives quotes like a Patriot.

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He saw some of the things that he missed by trying to bounce some things.

Will any of that actually matter? Eh.

"I don't either, and I don't even know where to start", Simms said. There's a lot at stake, I think everyone's put a lot into it. "So I'm ready for Saturday", said Henry.

According to Byard, though, Semisch provided the best imitation for what the Titans will see.

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry knows it will be hard to knock off the defending Super Bowl champions in Foxborough (8:15 p.m. ET Saturday, CBS). "They've got a bunch of great players in their secondary, some names I've been familiar with and then some new guys".

Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor, broke out last week with DeMarco Murray sidelined, rushing for 156 yards on 23 carries.

Could this be the last run for this Patriots group?

Normally the Patriots do a good job working against bigger backs, especially ones who like to make their living between the tackles. There is no reason to get uptight. "This is a great experience".

Tom Brady isn't going to sit back and let his character be assassinated any longer.

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