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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Maybe the Tennessee Titans are coming up for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the flawless time.

"I felt like I had a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I've worked with".

The Tennessee Titans are now the NFL's Cinderella team after clawing their way to an upset over the Kansas City Chiefs in last week's wild card matchup. However, Titans coach Mike Mularkey is focused on his team. "We'll see after the Tennessee game". One of the biggest keys for the Titans will center on how well they perform in the red zone, where the Titans ranked 25th in the regular season.

"It's a big task to go out and win a playoff game". Granted, he makes each upcoming opponent seem like the 1960s Green Bay Packers. The more the pressure gets there, the more the Patriots have to get rid of the football quicker than they want to and that helps the Titans tremendously. He showed last weekend that he is capable of handling the load.

We basically saw this factor come into play in the wild card round. Earlier this season the Houston Texans and a healthy DeShaun Watson nearly beat the Patriots at home. Yeah, the Titans can play.

He pounded the Chiefs' defense for 156 yards on 23 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that cut Kansas City's lead to 21-17.

Mariota has to let the ball rip in this one. So as much as I don't pay attention to it, it is in my face.

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

This is from someone who has never been to a Titans game.

New England doesn't have a similar player to provide them with information. New England has a lot of weapons, but Tennessee has Marcus Mariota.

Ryan could figure prominently in Tennessee's coverage of Rob Gronkowski.

This season the New England Patriots have faced a number of mobile quarterbacks. The Titans gave the home team Patriots a scare. In this game that's Gronk. After all, he was a member of the Patriots for a few years before becoming a Titan. It was also the most by an undrafted player, just edging out Steve Watson's 177 yards in 1984. The third-year quarterback displayed toughness, accuracy and composure, all amidst the sixth-largest postseason collapse ever.

But standing in their way are the Tennessee Titans, who have reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

The Patriots are the kings of blocking out the noise. For weeks, it's been presumed Steelers vs. Patriots will decide who goes to the Super Bowl from the conference. They don't get along. Tom Brady has had another spectacular year at the helm for Bill Belichick. The end of the dynasty is upon us.

The Patriots may not have the most talented defense, but they are a well-coached bunch that isn't going to make a lot of mistakes. If they perform up to their standards and shut out outside influences, and "do their jobs", they should be able to emerge victorious. They have good specialists, they have a good core group of players, they're well-coached, they're sound. While Patriots officials denied the friction, it was clearly a distraction.

Saturday night's AFC divisional round playoff matchup between the and will set the National Football League playoff record for biggest age gap between starting quarterbacks, as there are 16 years and 88 days separating and.