Sport Patriots crush Titans to head back to AFC title game

09:10  14 january  2018
09:10  14 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Travis Kelce suffers concussion after hit to helmet, leaves game

  Travis Kelce suffers concussion after hit to helmet, leaves game Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce played a major role in his team jumping out to a big lead in the first half of Saturday’s wild-card game against the Titans, but he was forced to leave the game late in the second quarter after taking a hit to his helmet. It happened when Kelce caught a pass after running a shallow crossing route, and was the unfortunate recipient of a helmet-to-helmet hit from Titans safety Johnathan Cyprien, who was apparently attempting to jar the ball loose. Cyprien was not flagged for the hit, and was not subject to targeting, as Kelce had become a ball carrier on the play.

The Titans came back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat the Chiefs 22-21 in the wild-card round last week — the largest comeback on the road in the UP NEXT. The Patriots will play the winner of Sunday’s matchup between the Jaguars and Steelers in the AFC championship game .

First, the Patriots tuned out a week full of off-field drama. Then, they silenced the Titans to earn yet another trip to the AFC championship game . Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and New England cruised past Tennessee

What to watch next
  • a close up of a sign: Titans vs. Patriots highlights | AFC Divisional

    Highlights: Titans vs. Patriots

    NFL Logo
    NFL
    14:48
  • a drawing of a face: Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles highlights | NFC Divisional

    Highlights: Falcons vs. Eagles

    NFL Logo
    NFL
    16:39
  • a man wearing a suit and tie: Legend broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

    Legend broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

    CBS Sports Logo
    CBS Sports
    1:37
  • a man wearing a hat: Pirates Trade Pitcher Gerrit Cole to Astros

    Pirates trade pitcher Gerrit Cole to Astros

    Sports Illustrated Logo
    Sports Illustrated
    0:54
  • Highlights: No. 20 North Carolina survives vs. Notre Dame

    Highlights: No. 20 North Carolina survives vs. Notre Dame

    ACC Digital Network Logo
    ACC Digital Network
    1:47
  • Highlights: Record-setting day for Duke's Bagley vs. Wake Forest

    Highlights: Record-setting day for Duke's Bagley vs. Wake Forest

    ACC Digital Network Logo
    ACC Digital Network
    1:23
  • Highlights: Clemson tops Miami in Top 20 battle

    Highlights: Clemson tops Miami in Top 20 battle

    ACC Digital Network Logo
    ACC Digital Network
    2:33
  • a close up of a baseball player holding a bat: PLAYER OF THE GAMEEvery time quarterback Case Keenum is featured in our Upon Further Review articles, it seems we’re always praising him for being just about perfect.He was again Sunday.In three quarters of play, Keenum threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-23 passing and proudly donned the “NFC North Champions” hat after the game — a cap he earned more than anybody on the team.He also played a big part in the coolest moment of the game in the fourth quarter. We’ll get to that in a bit. But it sealed his Player of the Game status, for sure.

    Can Vikings QB Keenum get it done in the playoffs?

    CBS Sports Logo
    CBS Sports
    0:32
  • Highlight: Duke's Bagley pays off Carter block with dunk

    Highlight: Duke's Bagley pays off Carter block with dunk

    ACC Digital Network Logo
    ACC Digital Network
    0:26
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a call in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Salt Lake City.

    LeBron on history with Stephenson, Cavs' bad road trip

    FOXSports Logo
    FOXSports
    1:00
  • a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Raptors President Masai Ujiri Responds to President Trump's Remarks

    Raptors president Ujiri responds to Trump's remarks

    Sports Illustrated Logo
    Sports Illustrated
    0:58
  • a man with a helmet on: Who will start at QB for Alabama in 2018?

    Who will start at QB for Alabama in 2018?

    FOXSports Logo
    FOXSports
    2:10
  • Le'Veon Bell's retirement talk comes at a baffling time

    Le'Veon Bell's retirement talk comes at a baffling time

    CBS Sports Logo
    CBS Sports
    1:02
  • Jan 11, 2018; London, ENG; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots the ball against Philadelphia 76ers forward Richaun Holmes (22) during the second quarte at The O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports - 10537412

    Boston Celtics comeback victory over Philadelphia 76ers is nothing new

    USA Today Sports Video Logo
    USA Today Sports Video
    0:54
  • a man swimming in the water: Gay US skater reveals White House fears

    Gay US skater reveals White House fears

    BBC News Logo
    BBC News
    1:27
  • a screen shot of Pete Carroll: Could Pete Carroll be jumping ship?

    Could Pete Carroll be jumping ship?

    FOXSports Logo
    FOXSports
    1:39
UP NEXT
UP NEXT

Video by NFL

Tom Brady Breaks Silence On ESPN’s Report Of Friction Within Patriots

  Tom Brady Breaks Silence On ESPN’s Report Of Friction Within Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady was given his first opportunity to comment on ESPN’s report of friction within the New England Patriots Read More »ESPN’s report speculated Patriots head coach Bill Belichick could leave New England after being “mandated” by owner Robert Kraft to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Among other details, ESPN also reported Brady had grown tired of Belichick’s hard coaching.

New England Patriots running back James White, right, runs past Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard (31) for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game , Saturday, Jan.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game .

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- First, the Patriots tuned out a week full of off-field drama. Then, they silenced the Titans to earn yet another trip to the AFC championship game.

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and New England cruised past Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive conference title game.

BOX SCORE: PATRIOTS 35, TITANS 14

New England (14-3) will host the winner of Sunday's divisional matchup between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.

It was Brady's 10th career postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.

New England's victory came on the heels of a week filled with turmoil following reports of discord involving Brady, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

Referee explains questionable calls vs. Titans in New England

  Referee explains questionable calls vs. Titans in New England Referee Ron Torbert explained two of the borderline calls that went against the Titans in their divisional-round loss.Titans fans weren't the only ones who noticed, either.

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game .

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game .

None of that showed on the field Saturday.

"I've been around long enough," Brady said. "So, 18 years, there's so many nice things said about me. It just goes with the territory."

The Titans (10-8) took an early 7-0 lead, but New England scored 35 straight points to take control.

Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but was under duress for most of the second half. He was sacked eight times, a Patriots playoff record.

Coach Mike Mularkey said after the game his quarterback strained a quadriceps in the first quarter.

"It had an impact," Mularkey said. "We had to get out of some of our scheme with him."

New England also held Derrick Henry to just 28 yards rushing on 12 carries.

The Titans came back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat the Chiefs 22-21 in the wild-card round last week -- the largest comeback on the road in the Super Bowl era. But the Patriots didn't give them a chance for an encore.

Report: Josh McDaniels likely to take Colts head coaching job

  Report: Josh McDaniels likely to take Colts head coaching job Josh McDaniels is considered the favorite to become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and all signs continue to point to him taking the job. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, McDaniels has informed potential assistant coaches of his plans to become a head coach after his season with the New England Patriots ends. The belief is that McDaniels will wind up in Indy. #Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has indicated to potential assistants to wait for him. The belief is he takes the #Colts job, as he's the clear favorite, sources say. Indy's other finalist is Mike Vrabel. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2018 Barring a late change, the Patriots are going to lose both their offensive and defensive coordinators after their season ends. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday, Matt Patricia is expected to be named the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. McDaniels’ first stint as a head coach with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010 was a failure, but Tim Tebow was his quarterback. He should have a lot more success coaching Andrew Luck, assuming the latest we have heard about Luck’s shoulder injury is true.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game .

The Titans came back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat the Chiefs 22-21 in the wild-card round last week — the largest comeback on the road in the UP NEXT. The Patriots will play the winner of Sunday's matchup between the Jaguars and Steelers in the AFC championship game .

Leading 14-7, the Patriots stretched their lead to 14 just before halftime thanks to a trio of careless penalties on the Titans.

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

Armed with a new set of downs, Brady went to work moving the Patriots down the field with a steady diet of short passes. The Titans helped along the way with illegal contact and unnecessary roughness penalties. It eventually culminated in a 4-yard TD pass from Brady to Chris Hogan in the back of the end zone that made it 21-7.

Brady threw a short shovel pass to White, who ran it in from the 5-yard line to make it 7-7 early in the second quarter.

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. Lewis landed on top of the defender, then got up and continued to the end zone.

The officials initially ruled that he had never been down and called it a touchdown. But replays showed Lewis' butt hit the ground at the 19.

Mike Mularkey OUT in Tennessee

  Mike Mularkey OUT in Tennessee Surprising, but also makes sense.Filed to ESPN: the Titans and head coach Mike Mularkey have mutually agreed to part ways, according to a league source.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates his touchdown pass to Chris Hogan during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans , Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa).

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game .

Corey Davis made a one-handed catch on a 15-yard pass from Mariota in the corner of the end zone to give the Titans a 7-0 lead. Mariota had a pair of 11-yard runs to help set up the score.

Davis added an 11-yard TD reception with 1:55 left in the game -- and the Titans' season.

INJURIES

Titans: Right tackle Jack Conklin walked off on his own power after injuring a knee in the first quarter. He did not return. ... Tight end Jonnu Smith was carted off in the third quarter with a right leg injury.

Patriots: Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle left with a knee injury early in the third quarter. ... Cornerback Jonathan Jones was helped off the field late in the fourth quarter.

UNFORCED ERRORS

The Titans had 85 penalties in the regular season -- the second-fewest in the NFL.

They were flagged 10 times for 62 yards on Saturday, just the second time they had 10 or more this season.

MOVING ON UP

Gronkowski finished with six catches for 81 yards and touchdown. It was his 10th career postseason TD. He's tied with five others for third all-time. But it's the most for a tight end.

Gronk also moved into second all-time for a tight end with 835 postseason receiving yards. He passed Keith Jackson, and only Dallas Clark is ahead of him.

UP NEXT

The Patriots will play the winner of Sunday's matchup between the Jaguars and Steelers in the AFC championship game.

Telvin Smith Calls Out Tom Brady For Fake Praise Of Jags Ahead Of AFC Title Game

  Telvin Smith Calls Out Tom Brady For Fake Praise Of Jags Ahead Of AFC Title Game Tom Brady doesn’t appear to be taking the Jacksonville Jaguars lightly, but one Jags player doesn’t believe TB12’s praise is Read More »During a Tuesday appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan,” Brady stressed that the Jaguars will be the toughest challenge the New England Patriots have faced all season. And after ESPN tweeted Brady’s comments in a graphic, Jacksonville linebacker Telvin Smith accused the Patriots quarterback of classic media speak.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game .

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game .

------

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP--NFL

Related slideshow: NFL playoffs (Provided by photo services)

Matt Patricia thanks Tom Brady 'for getting me the Detroit job' .
As we all know, Matt Patricia has just one more game left as a member of the New England Patriots before he becomes the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. As the defensive coordinator wrapped up his final home game at Gillette Stadium Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, he had a special message for Tom Brady. Matt Patricia just hugged Tom Brady and said, "Thanks again for getting me the Detroit job."— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) January 21, 2018This is just tremendous.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!