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 . . .


GAME TIME: 8:15 p.m. 

SITE: Gillette Stadium

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


TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson

ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network



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


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


-- 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.


-- 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.


-- 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).


-- 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.


-- 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.

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Will Tom Brady return?

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Will Tom Brady return?

1:24 - The drama-filled Patriots offseason continues with Adam Schefter reporting that Tom Brady has not yet confirmed that he’ll be playing this upcoming season. Albert Breer joins Tom Curran and Michael Holley to give their takes on Brady’s indecision. 

6:11 - Co-author of an in-depth biography on Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict joins the BST crew to discuss the endless stories about one of the greatest and most controversial figures in the history of golf.

12:14 - Adam Himmelsbach from the Boston Globe sits down with Kyle Draper and Tom Giles to talk about the emergence of Jaylen Brown in the playoffs and debate if his development has been a surprise.

Yes, Bill Belichick's dog appears to be wearing a hoodie in public

Yes, Bill Belichick's dog appears to be wearing a hoodie in public

Bill Belichick's dog was wearing its going out clothes on Wednesday night. Yes, Nike the dog was sporting a hoodie.

Belichick was spotted at the Holy Cross-Boston University women's lacrosse game, as his daughter Amanda Belichick coaches Holy Cross. Boston Globe correspondent Matt Doherty took a photo of Belichick with his dog (sporting hoodie). Here's a look:

Here's another photo of the puppy.