FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Marcus Mariota’s mobility was restricted for a lot of Saturday’s 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots due to a strained quad.
Mariota suffered the damage on a first-quarter run, in response to Titans coach Mike Mularkey.
The Patriots had their manner with the Titans on Saturday, exhibiting an enhancing Tennessee squad how far it must go to be a real AFC contender.
Tom Brady and the top-seeded Patriots blasted out of an early gap and rolled previous Tennessee into their seventh consecutive AFC Championship Recreation.
“It had an influence, clearly,” Mularkey mentioned. “We needed to get out of a few of our scheme we had with him, a few of our zone scheme.”
Mariota did not use his damage as an excuse, saying after the sport that “all people performs with one thing.” He was visibly upset, nonetheless, and mentioned he was “embarrassed.”
“You do not play to return and lose within the divisional playoff,” Mariota mentioned. “You play to go win the entire thing.”
Mariota’s damage appeared obvious within the second half as he appeared to labor via a run. He completed 22-of-37 for 254 yards and two touchdowns and in addition had 4 rushes for 37 yards.
Mariota battled accidents to his hamstring, knee and shoulder in his third NFL season,, as he returned from a damaged leg he suffered final yr.
He can take solace in realizing that in 2018 he can deal with enchancment somewhat than rehab for the primary time since his rookie season.
“Hopefully individuals use this as motivation,” Mariota mentioned. “Yeah it is good to get within the playoffs, however you do not play simply to get in.”