Patriots lead Titans 21-7 at halftime

AP

The Titans trailed the Chiefs 21-3 at halftime last week and rallied in the second half to advance. They are down “only” 21-7 tonight. But the Patriots aren’t the Chiefs, and Tom Brady isn’t Alex Smith.

In other words, the Titans are within 30 minutes of the offseason.

For one quarter, Tennessee appeared as if it was going to hang with the Patriots. The Titans’ 95-yard drive gave them a 7-0 lead and quieted Gillette Stadium.

But after that, it was all Patriots with New England outgaining the Titans 209 to 60 and outscoring them 21-0 the rest of the half.

James White scored two touchdowns on a 5-yard pass from Brady and a 6-yard run. Chris Hogan added a 4-yard touchdown catch. Both White and Hogan returned from injuries this week.

Tennessee self-destructed on offense and defense late in the half.

The Titans forced a New England three-and-out only to jump offsides on fourth-and-five, with Brynden Trawick‘s miscue giving the Patriots a first down with 6:32 remaining in the second quarter.

Later in the drive, on a 7-yard pass from Brady to Danny Amendola, Erik Walden drew an unnecessary roughness penalty for punching Nate Solder in the facemask. The 7-yard penalty — half the distance — moved the ball to the Tennessee 6. Three plays later, Hogan scored.

The Titans then botched a chance for points late in the half with poor clock management and a questionable play call on fourth-and-one as Derrick Henry was tackled for a 5-yard loss.

Tennessee was fortunate Stephen Gostkowski missed a 53-yard field-goal attempt on the final play.

Brady has completed 21 of 31 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, while Mariota is 9-of-15 for 117 yards and a touchdown and leads the Titans in rushing with 31 yards on three carries.

71 responses to “Patriots lead Titans 21-7 at halftime

  1. I’m not a Pats fan by any means……..but it is a riot to see all of the anti-Pats/non-Titans fans, jealous, grown men whining here on every single Pats article. You guys need a life……or a woman……or both!!

  2. Not a fan of either team. I really don’t like when people complain about the refs after a loss or blame them for losing. But the refs are calling the game in favor of the Pats and it’s blatant and kind of sickening.

  3. neilpountney says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm
    I thought when a player threw a punch it is supposed to be an automatic ejection from the game?

    1 0 Rate This

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    me too. that was generous

  4. I am truly embarrassed to be a Titans fan. Worst franchise in all sports. At least the Browns get a parade…

  5. I’m not a pats fan by any means… but… it’s a riot when I type the same post over and over on different posts and try to diminish poster’s manhood while hanging in Key West with a bunch of hunky “alternative lifestyle enthusiasts”.

    You go, girl!!!

  6. Someone should really check when the play clock resets
    for the Patriots* vs the Titans. Also, about that frozen
    last second that allowed the Patriots* to try a FG.

    There are many, and real reasons why opposing teams don’t want
    to play at Foxboro. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

  7. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:04 pm
    Hilarious you don’t mention the 2 blown calls against the Titans that led to 14 points.

    Hilarious you don’t mention how NE still had to go 80 yards to score a TD after the offside penalty

    What’s the EXCUSE for that??

    And the call was CORRECT the center can move his head.

  8. Mariota looked like he may have got the first down on third down before they did not get it on fourth down. They can’t challenge because it was inside 2 minutes and thats probably why Tenn took the “questionable” time out but still with a time out they don’t show a replay to review if he got the first down.

    The encroachment penalty that gave the pats a first down instead of having to punt from deep in their territory makes it obvious that the fix is in, AGAIN.

  9. PhD says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:15 pm
    Had to turn it off after watching the refs rip TEN a new one. This is not worth watching.
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    One less hater. Bye, bye.

  10. Someone should really check when the play clock resets
    for the Patriots* vs the Titans. Also, about that frozen
    last second that allowed the Patriots* to try a FG.

    There are many, and real reasons why opposing teams don’t want
    to play at Foxboro. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

    You do know its an NFL employee who keeps the time of the game dont you!

  11. The encroachment penalty that gave the pats a first down instead of having to punt from deep in their territory makes it obvious that the fix is in, AGAIN.

    What’s “obvious” moron, it was the correct call
    The center moved his head(happens all the time) then the defender jumped offsides

    NE still had to go 80 yards , what’s your EXCUSE for that???????

  12. Maybe someone from outside NE could admit the Patriots have played smarter, executed better, and deserve to be up by 14.

  13. conciselogic says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:19 pm
    The encroachment penalty that gave the pats a first down instead of having to punt from deep in their territory makes it obvious that…
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    …it was a stupid penalty to take.

  14. NFL you’re becoming boring as hell. Games are predictable, poorly officiated, bad coaching, and owners who know little about football. There’s too much to do then watch bad football.

  15. “The encroachment penalty that gave the pats a first down instead of having to punt from deep in their territory makes it obvious that the fix is in, AGAIN.”

    So…should they not call encroachment penalties???

  16. What’s “obvious” moron, it was the correct call
    The center moved his head(happens all the time) then the defender jumped offsides

    Guard moved his head too and there was no contact so he should have been able to back up and reset.

  17. After a week of work, I just wanted to lay on the couch and watch 4 fair football games this weekend. I really wish the refs would do a better job. I wanted to see New England or Ten, win fair and scare with no what ifs. It really takes away from the game. I miss the 90’s playoffs. Seemed genuine to me. Maybe because I was a younger.

  18. Moudabo says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:12 pm
    Someone should really check when the play clock resets
    for the Patriots* vs the Titans. Also, about that frozen
    last second that allowed the Patriots* to try a FG.

    There are many, and real reasons why opposing teams don’t want
    to play at Foxboro. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
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    The NFL controls the clock not the home team. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your whining.

  19. Ayub Josef says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:28 pm
    NFL you’re becoming boring as hell. Games are predictable, poorly officiated, bad coaching, and owners who know little about football. There’s too much to do then watch bad football.
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    And yet here you are

  20. Flash1287 says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:27 pm
    The encroachment penalty that gave the pats a first down instead of having to punt from deep in their territory makes it obvious that the fix is in, AGAIN.

    What’s “obvious” moron, it was the correct call
    The center moved his head(happens all the time) then the defender jumped offsides

    NE still had to go 80 yards , what’s your EXCUSE for that???????

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    I’m willing to bet you don’t go around calling people morons to their face.

  21. The crybabies need to stop complaining and start watching the knitting & gardening channel. I look forward to
    More controversial calls the next two games to make the haters heads explode!!!!!

  22. conciselogic says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:33 pm
    …and pats defenders tell me why there was no replay on the mariota run?

    Because it’s not an automatic review
    If the Tennessee coaches thought he got it THEY should have challenged it.

    That’s on Tennessee

  23. footballneblog says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:36 pm
    Moudabo says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:12 pm
    Someone should really check when the play clock resets
    for the Patriots* vs the Titans. Also, about that frozen
    last second that allowed the Patriots* to try a FG.

    There are many, and real reasons why opposing teams don’t want
    to play at Foxboro. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
    ————————————————

    The NFL controls the clock not the home team. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your whining.

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    NFL also employs the Refs and they have been doing just an amazing job this season…..

  24. Darn refs, the worst thing was when they completely wasted a timeout at the end of the first half then on 4th 6 they run the ball off tackle.

  25. tigerlilac says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Maybe someone from outside NE could admit the Patriots have played smarter, executed better, and deserve to be up by 14.

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    Unfortunately we haven’t seen enough gameplay unaffected by those two calls to determine that. Without that OPI call, who’s to say Tennessee doesn’t go down the field and score a TD to go back up 14-7? Maybe they run three more plays and punt anyway?

    There’s just no way to say, and that’s what’s frustrating to me as someone who’s not a fan of either team.

  26. dimi1919 says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I’m willing to bet you don’t go around calling people morons to their face.
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    As a rule you are probably right but I’m sure Flash would make an exception in your case.

  27. hbk314 says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Unfortunately we haven’t seen enough gameplay unaffected by those two calls to determine that. Without that OPI call, who’s to say Tennessee doesn’t go down the field and score a TD to go back up 14-7?
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    Who’s to say? Are you watching this game? Are the zebras at fault for the blocking that’s getting Mariota pummeled and missing coverage assignments? Are they somehow invisibly blocking the Titan’s pass rush?

    There’s just no way to say, and that’s what’s frustrating to me as someone who’s not a fan of either team.

  28. …and pats defenders tell me why there was no replay on the mariota run?

    Because it’s not an automatic review
    If the Tennessee coaches thought he got it THEY should have challenged it.

    That’s on Tennessee
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    Well if you understood football or could read (see my comment) you’d realize they couldn’t challenge because it was in the last 2 min. There was no replay shown by cbs even after Tenn took the timeout probably hoping for a replay and possible review.

    Pats fans on this site are all keyboard tough guys with speech impediments who live in their parents basements.

  29. Tennessee is a joke – Mariota is worthless – and this team is poorly coached. How did this team get into the playoffs? Is the AFC that putrid?

  30. ell if you understood football or could read (see my comment) you’d realize they couldn’t challenge because it was in the last 2 min. There was no replay shown by cbs even after Tenn took the timeout probably hoping for a replay and possible review.

    Pats fans on this site are all keyboard tough guys with speech impediments who live in their parents basements.

    It doesn’t matter if CBS showed a replay or not

    Tennessee still could have thrown the red flag and requested a review if they thought it was close. Apparently they didn’t.

  31. Anyone surprised by the refs has not been watching the pats play for the last 8 years or a total moron or a pats fan.

  32. neilpountney says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Someone should really check when the play clock resets
    for the Patriots* vs the Titans. Also, about that frozen
    last second that allowed the Patriots* to try a FG.

    There are many, and real reasons why opposing teams don’t want
    to play at Foxboro. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

    You do know its an NFL employee who keeps the time of the game dont you!

    Exactly ! As mentioned above, the Refs and Al Riveron are also employed by the NFL .
    Just because one is employed by the NFL does not necessarily mean that
    you are competent enough to do the job, nor that you are unbiased.
    Many would argue quite the opposite given recent events, especially this year.

    Look, I didn’t believe the Titans would win this game, but they should be afforded
    a fair chance without the BS. Someone should be monitoring these guys.
    Too many questionable things happening. The probability that they almost always go
    in one particular team’s favor, game after game, at crucial moments, is problematic.

  33. I knew the riff raft ref blamers would be out. But really – the offsides call was correct – The Pats got a lucky call on that 3td down offensive pass interference, because Malcolm fell and it looked like he was knocked over. But really – it was a blowout, and find me a game where EVERY call went the way you thought it would. By the way – the catch overturned in the Falcons/Eagles game? EXACTLY the same call as the Jesse James play. Actually less clear, if anything. Where’s the outrage?

  34. Yup, the Pats are going to their 7th straight AFCC game. But, It’s all about the refs, right? You people are flat out, straight up, excuse making losers. I’m laughing at you.

  35. I am a huge pats hater, but there is no excuse of Titans getting smashed like they did, they played pathetic.

  36. conciselogic says:
    January 13, 2018 at 10:32 pm
    What’s “obvious” moron, it was the correct call
    The center moved his head(happens all the time) then the defender jumped offsides

    Guard moved his head too and there was no contact so he should have been able to back up and reset.

    Nope, D player came across the zone, guard reacted to D player, center points it out to the ref but play goes on. Final call was the right call.

  37. Yeah, Tom Brady isn’t Alex Smith. Alex Smith completes more of his passes for more yards, but he has Andy Reid not BB.
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    Tom Brady wins championships.

  38. Everyone that was watching the recent Patriots\Steelers game saw the no call on the flagrant offensive pass interference where Martavis Bryant’s “touchdown” handed the Steelers the undeserved 17-10 lead going into halftime. Must be a new rule that allows players to push off as long as they keep pushing during the entire play while only using one hand the make the catch.

    Everyone that was watching the recent Patriots\Titans playoff game saw the no call on the OPI where Corey Davis did a similar one handed catch while the other arm was being used to push off the Malcolm Butler. That no call gave the Titans the early lead in that game. That OPI wasn’t as flagrant at what Martavis Bryant got away with for the Steelers. But it was obvious that Davis learned that move by watching film of the recent Patriots\Steelers game.

    With the refs not making these calls in order to help the Steelers and the Titans, the Patriots defenders had no chance on these plays. If the Pats defenders had pushed the arms away that were being used for the push offs they will be called for defensive interference.

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