FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — If his arrival time is any indication, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is able to go for Saturday’s divisional-round playoff recreation towards the Tennessee Titans.
Brady walked towards the Patriots’ locker room at 1:09 p.m. ET. Kickoff is scheduled for eight:15 p.m. ET.
“What are you doing right here so early?” Brady, with a lightweight contact, requested a reporter as he arrived.
Saturday marks Brady’s 35th profession playoff recreation, which is greater than any participant in league historical past. Brady is 6-1 lifetime towards the Titans. The lone loss got here Dec. 16, 2002, which was his second season as a starter.
Brady’s early arrival leads off the “remaining walkthrough” for the sport:
Titans delayed arriving in Windfall: On Friday, the Titans’ scheduled arrival was delayed about three hours on account of a special aircraft sliding off the runway in Nashville, in keeping with longtime Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky. The three-hour delay wasn’t spent completely on the tarmac in Nashville. The workforce arrived in Windfall at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Stat of the week: This marks the eighth straight 12 months that the Patriots will host a divisional-round playoff recreation, including to their very own report.
Quote of the week: “At this level, I’m all-in on Tennessee. I’ll reply any questions concerning the Titans, however that’s it.” — Invoice Belichick, on Jan. 9, after having answered questions Monday about an ESPN The Journal article that detailed friction between him, Robert Kraft and Tom Brady.
Torbert assigned as referee: Ron Tobert would be the referee, working with an “all-star” group of officers from numerous crews.
CBS’ high crew on the decision: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (evaluation), Tracy Wolfson (sideline) and Jay Feely (kicking knowledgeable) will broadcast the sport on CBS.
Nationwide anthem: To be carried out by Billy Gilman, a Hope Valley, Rhode Island native who bursy onto the nationwide stage in 2000 on the age of 12 when he launched the hit single “One Voice.”
Steelers and Jaguars double up with scouts: As is commonplace working process, the opposite two groups nonetheless alive within the AFC area — Pittsburgh and Jacksonville — are scheduled to have two scouts apiece in attendance. They scout the sport after which present detailed experiences for his or her golf equipment, often with one scout specializing in one workforce and the opposite scout on the alternative workforce.
Prediction: How shut the sport in the end is will probably be contingent on Patriots turnovers, as New England has a 143-15 regular-season report in Invoice Belichick’s teaching tenure when it has a constructive turnover differential. When the Patriots had one in every of their most sudden playoff upsets, a 28-21 loss to the Jets within the divisional spherical on Jan. 16, 2011, turnovers had been an enormous a part of what led to the end result. The Titans had a minus-Four differential within the common season (21 takeaways, 25 giveaways), and whereas the playoffs are really a one-game season, historical past says the Patriots — who had simply 12 giveaways within the common season — will maintain the ball. Patriots 34, Titans 17.