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Patriots-Titans pregame notes

Patriots-Titans pregame notes

The Patriots host the Titans tonight at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Round. The game begins at 8:15 p.m.

  • Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. with Michael Felger, Bert Breer, Troy Brown and DJ Bean in Burlington, and Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Mike Giardi and Dr. Jessica Flynn at Gillette.
  • As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live.
  • When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all NBC Sports Boston programming).

Here's what you need to know about the game . . .

FACTS AND FIGURES

GAME TIME: 8:15 p.m. 

SITE: Gillette Stadium

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 13-3, Titans 10-7

ON TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson

ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak

NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor and Hub Arkush

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 24-16-1

LAST MEETING: Patriots 33, Titans 16 on Dec. 20, 2015 at Gillette Stadium

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- Bill Belichick tonight will move into first place on the all-time list of playoff games as a head coach. He is currently tied with Tom Landry and Don Shula. Belichick's playoff record is 26-10, compared to 20-16 for Landry and 19-17 for Shula.

-- The Patriots are looking to qualify for an unprecedented seventh straight conference championship game appearance.

TOM BRADY

-- With a victory tonight, Brady will move past Terry Bradshaw into third place on the NFL's all-time list of QB winning percentage in the playoffs. Brady is currently 25-9 (.735), and he can overtake Bradshaw (14-5, .737) by beating Titans. The Packers' Bart Starr (9-1, .900) is tops overall among quarterbacks with 10 more games, and the Raiders' Jim Plunkett (8-2, .800) is second.

-- Brady is 11-2 in the divisional round. In this round, he has completed 316 of 509 pass attempts for 3,700 yards and 26 touchdowns.

MORE RECORDS

-- With 15 points tonight, Stephen Gostkowski (160 points scored in the postseason) will tie David Akers (175) for second place on the list of all-time points scored in the playoffs. Adam Vinatieri (234) is in first place.

-- If Rob Gronkowski has a 100-yard receiving game tonight, he will tie Vernon Davis and Keith Jackson for most 100-yard games in the playoffs by a tight end. He will also tie Deion Branch and Julian Edelman for most 100-yard games by a Patriots receiver in the playoffs.

-- A 100-yard game will also enable Gronkowski to move past Dallas Clark into first place on the list of receiving yards in the playoffs by a tight end. Clark has 847 yards and Gronkowski is currently fourth with 754, trailing Clark, Jackson (834) and Shannon Sharpe (814).

PLAYOFF TIDBITS

-- This is the eighth straight year the Patriots have hosted a divisional-round playoff game, adding to their NFL record. Miami hosted five straight from 1981 through 1985. 

-- Since 2001, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start are 0-7 against New England. The Titans' Marcus Mariota is making his second career postseason start.

-- New England has 41 players with postseason experience, the most of any 2017 playoff teams. Fourteen Patriots players have played at least 10 playoff games. That's more such players than 11 other playoff teams combined (13). Before the start of this postseason, the Titans had 18 players who had appeared in a playoff game.

QUICK BITES

-- Combining regular season and playoffs, the Patriots are 14-0 in Saturday home games under Belichick.

-- The Patriots are 20-4 in home playoff games. Their .833 home winning percentage is best in NFL postseason history among teams with at least 15 home playoff games.

-- The Patriots are 14-6 in the divisional round and have won six straight divisional-round games. Their last loss in this round was a 28-21 defeat to the Jets on Jan. 16, 2011.

-- This will be the third playoff matchup between the Pats and the Tennessee franchise, and all have been played in Foxboro. The Titans -- then located in Houston and known as the Oilers -- defeated New England 31-14 at Schaefer Stadium in a divisional-round matchup on Dec. 31, 1978. On Jan. 10, 2004, the Patriots beat the Titans 17-14 in a divisional-round game at Gillette Stadium in 4-degree weather, the coldest home game in Pats' history.

-- The Patriots haven't lost to the Titans since Dec. 16, 2002. They are 6-0 against Tennessee since then. They haven't lost a home game to Tennessee since Oct. 17, 1993.

Patriots-Jaguars pregame notes

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Patriots-Jaguars pregame notes

The Patriots host the Jaguars today at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game. The game begins at 3:05 p.m.

  • Watch Patriots Pregame Live from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Michael Felger, Charlie Weis, Bert Breer, Troy Brown and DJ Bean in Burlington, and Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Mike Giardi at Gillette.
  • When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all NBC Sports Boston programming).

Here's what you need to know about the game . . .

FACTS AND FIGURES

GAME TIME: 3:05 p.m. 

SITE: Gillette Stadium

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 14-3, Jaguars 12-6

ON TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely

ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Kugler, Dan Fouts and Ed Werder

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 10-1

LAST MEETING: Patriots 51, Jaguars 17 on Sept. 27, 2015 at Gillette Stadium

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- Tom Brady completed 35 of 53 passes (66 percent) for 337 yards and three touchdowns for a 102.5 passer rating in the Patriots’ 35-14 win against Tennessee in the Divisional Playoffs. He can become the first quarterback in postseason history to record four consecutive games with at least 300 yards and multiple touchdown passes.

-- James White scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Patriots’ win against Tennessee. He also scored three touchdowns in Super Bowl LI, and needs two touchdowns today to tie Emmitt Smith and Larry Fitzgerald for the most combined rushing and receiving touchdowns over a three-game span in postseason history.

-- Rob Gronkowski caught a touchdown pass last week and now has 10 career postseason TD receptions, trailing only Jerry Rice (22) and John Stallworth (12). He can tie Stallworth with two today.

-- The Jaguars, who went 3-13 last season, are attempting to become the first team since the 2009 Saints to go from 'worst to first' in their division and qualify for the Super Bowl. (In the NFC title game, the Eagles can accomplish the same feat.) Prior to the Saints, the last team to do so was the 2003 Panthers, whom the Patriots beat in Super Bwl XXXVIII.

-- The Jaguars, who beat the second-seeded Steelers in last week's divisional round, are also attempting to become the 11th team to defeat the top two seeds in their conference en route to the Super Bowl. 

-- Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 109 yards in three touchdowns in the Jaguars' 45-42 win in Pittsburgh last week. With one rushing touchdown today, he can tie Jamal Lewis (2000 Ravens), William Floyd (1994 49ers), Tony Dorsett (1977 Cowboys) and Norm Standlee (1941 Bears) for the postseason record for most rushing TDs by a rookie in a single postseason. He can break the record with two.

PATRIOTS VS. JAGUARS

-- The Patriots and Jaguars are meeting in the postseason for the fifth time. New England has won three of the previous four, including the 1996 AFC Championship Game at old Foxboro Stadium, which the Patriots won 20-6 in Bill Parcells' final home game as Patriots coach.

-- In the teams' last postseason meeting, New England improved its season's record to 15-0 by knocking off Jacksonville, 31-20, in the 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 12, 2008 at Gillette Stadium.

MORE ON THE PATRIOTS

-- New England is the first team since the 1970 merger to play in seven consecutive conference championship games.

-- The Patriots have won nine conference championships, the most in NFL history. New England is 6-1 all-time in AFC Championship Games played at home.

-- Bill Belichick has advanced to 12 conference championship games, the most by a head coach since the 1970 merger.

-- Brady has 26 career playoff wins, the most by any starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady is also the NFL postseason leader in career completions (866), attempts (1,378), passing yards (9,431) and touchdown passes (66).

-- Brady has 13 playoff games with at least 300 passing yards, the most in NFL history. Brady recorded his 10th career postseason game with at least three touchdown passes last week and surpassed Joe Montana for the most all-time.

-- New England won its ninth consecutive division title, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are the only team to win 14 division titles in a 15-year span.

MORE ON THE JAGUARS

-- Jacksonville is the second team since the 1970 merger to advance to the conference championship game after winning three or fewer games in the previous season. The other was the 2006 Saints.

-- The Jaguars led the NFL with seven defensive touchdowns during the regular season and scored on a 50-yard fumble-return touchdown by linebacker Telvin Smith in the divisional round against Pittsburgh.

-- Smith leads the NFL with three defensive touchdowns this season (including the playoffs).

-- Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles has won his first two career playoff starts. In both games, he threw a touchdown pass with no interceptions.

CAN JAGS TURN UP THE HEAT?

-- Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell had a franchise-record 14.5 sacks in the regular season and teammate Yannick Ngakoue added 12 sacks. Against Pittsburgh, Ngakoue had a sack and forced fumble, which led to Smith’s 50-yard fumble-return touchdown.

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Former Patriot Mike Vrabel named head coach of the Tennessee Titans

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Former Patriot Mike Vrabel named head coach of the Tennessee Titans

The Titans job was rumored to be the first pick of Josh McDaniels, but as details have come to light, that is not the case.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to hire former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel as their Head Coach tonight.

The team publicly announced the hire tonight across all of their social media platforms.

Vrabel won the Super Bowl with the Patriots three times in the early years of the New England dynasty. 

Despite having limited experience as a coach, he has attracted much attention in this past offseason for openings across the NFL. He has just one season's experience as a coordinator. 

Vrabel steps in to fill the role of Mike Mularkey, who was fired just one night after many believed he was receiving an extension. Despite the rumor of the extension, Mularkey and the Titans agreed to part ways just one day later.

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