The New England Patriots are looking to win back to back Super Bowl titles after downing the Falcons a season ago. Tennessee came from behind to beat Kansas City 22-21 in the first round after scoring the final 19 points of the game.
The five-time winners face the No 5 seed Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. They've gone 9-7 in each of the last two seasons, narrowly missing the playoffs in 2016 before sneaking in this year. They were going to have to be happy with just making the playoffs for the first time in years.
Mariota, chosen with the second pick in the first round held by the Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft, moves on to the Divisional Round, matching him against 18-year veteran Tom Brady, 40, and the Patriots Saturday night.
And the New Orleans Saints, who won a thriller against the Carolina Panthers last week, must travel to the Minnesota Vikings.
"He's had a lot of success bouncing some runs, but at some point you've got to hit some of these holes that are there, and they're not big all the time", coach Mike Mularkey said. "For a young guy like me, that's what you aspire to be". "I have been a part of features in magazines, newspapers and TV shows, but I've never tried anything like what we chose to do with this docu-series".
One thing, besides championships, the Patriots have become known for is blocking out distractions. Regardless of age, the Pats are going to want a "Gruden offer" - minus the cash - for Belichick in this hypothetical situation. "The reputation that Coach tries to get us to have is just ignore the noise - ignore the noise from the outside and I feel like that's what myself and a lot of other players have been doing".
You can watch the National Football League playoffs on Sky this year as they'll be broadcasting all the games live.
Marcus Mariota isn't a special quarterback, Delanie Walker isn't Rob Gronkowski, and no one is scared of any wide receiver on the Titans roster. Long before the Titans took the field in KC, rumors ran rampant that a Titans loss might cost him his job, despite the team ending its playoff drought. It's a big task to go out and win a playoff game and play against a good team, divisional round.
Brady returned the compliments on Thursday, specifically when asked about a 6-yard touchdown pass that Mariota threw to himself last week (it bounced off a defender and he gathered it in and ran into the end zone).
- Titans running back Derrick Henry finished with 156 rushing yards and a touchdown against Kansas City last week, becoming the second player in team history to record 150 or more rushing yards in a playoff game. Brady reiterated on Thursday that his mind remains on the field.