Did anyone expect something different? The New England Patriots and Tom Brady walked all over the Tennessee Titans. No one who made memes was surprised this NFL playoff game turned out that way.
The Titans actually took the lead and led 7-0. That just pissed off the Patriots, who executed perfectly on both sides of the ball, including 8 sacks on Mariota, who didn’t turn the ball over, but was running for his life the entire game, and couldn’t make the deep throws his team needed of him when the game was still “alive”.
The Pats? They scored 35 consecutive points, as Brady broke a few more playoff records, as he puts himself on the surefire way towards another Super Bowl, his 8th. He threw for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns, making it look easy.
What’s the secret of this team, whether they like each other or not? Discipline. Bill Belichick runs a tight ship, and it works. Quite a few teams have a more talented defense when it comes to individuals, but Belichick makes up for it by having his guys follow his game plan to the dot. The Patriots entered the season as massive favorites to win it all, and that hasn’t changed, despite a few bumps along the way.