Patriots' Brady downplays documentary distraction


The team's really relying on you. So, sure, why not?

With no shortage of storylines for the as they prepare for Saturday night's AFC divisional-round game against the, here's one that stands out: Gronk is back in the postseason, one season after a back injury had sidelined him for the final eight games of the team's Super Bowl run.

The Patriots will turn to Tom Brady's brilliance agains the visiting Titans this weekend. So Mariota will have to throw a clean game Saturday for the Titans to have a chance. The comeback started on a play you may never see again: Marcus Mariota catching his own deflected pass and running it in for a 6-yard touchdown.

Jacksonville needs far better passing from Blake Bortles. I don't think there's as much going on there as people say there is.

That's right: The blocking of Tennessee's quarterback is part of how the Patriots could be upset Saturday.

"That's a good question", Brady said when asked about why he commissioned the documentary and what he hopes viewers will get from it. The Pats were second worst in the National Football League for receiving yards allowed to running backs.

Their red-zone defense is probably one of the tops in the NFL. "But they give you the effort each and every night". "They do a lot of things well".

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"We just gotta finish drives and be efficient on drives just so we can get touchdowns". But he showed last week that he's capable of getting hot and carrying the team when it counts, so he needs to be the focus of the defense. His backup Zach Mettenberger threw two interceptions. Not so much (though Tennessee is willing to joke about it).

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrate with receiver Danny Amendola (80) after a touchdown during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick detailed a list of attributes that explain why containing the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry - who made back-to-back starts with veteran rusher DeMarco Murray sidelined by a knee injury - can prove hard. Offensive lineman Josh Kline spent the 2013 through 2015 seasons with the Patriots. Cornerback Logan Ryan (ankle) was limited in his return to practice. Cooks had three, maybe four big games this year, but like the rest of the offense was wildly inconsistent and unpredictable. "We haven't been a very successful team in the last 10 years". But Mularkey does seem oddly, and coyly, confident in Tennessee's ability to predict how the Patriots will attack.

"I think a lot of guys don't really care about what goes on outside and who writes what and if we suck, if we're great - it doesn't matter, [because] guys are motivated by playing for each other, their families more than an ESPN article, " safety Devin McCourty said. "For a young guy like me, that's what you aspire to be". Now, I don't expect the Titans to be able to slow down both aspects of the Patriots' offense. Derrick Henry got it to 21-16 on a 35-yard TD run early in the fourth, and Mariota hit Eric Decker for the game-winning 22-yard score with 6:06 to go. It's a sensational record made even more impressive by the fact they haven't lost a home playoff game since 2012.

Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor, broke out last week with DeMarco Murray sidelined, rushing for 156 yards on 23 carries. But whether it will be Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead or James White is anyone's guess, given coach Bill Belichick's penchant for switching RBs.

Talk about the Patriots ahead of their playoff bow against Tennessee this weekend should be of a steamroller of a team looking good for a historic third consecutive Super Bowl triumph.

Could this be the last run for this Patriots group?