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Final Week: 7
Divisional Spherical End result: Gained at Baltimore 28-12
The Tennessee Titans have gotten fairly good at this entire giant-slaying factor.
One week after beautiful the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, the Titans went one higher by blasting the AFC’s No. 1 seed in Baltimore. Over the previous two weeks, the Titans have defeated a pair of the convention’s greatest groups—groups that mixed to go 26-6 within the common season—by a mixed rating of 48-25.
The Titans used a script in opposition to the Ravens that was almost similar to the week earlier than. For the second straight sport, bruising tailback Derrick Henry ran wild, piling up 195 dashing yards on 30 carries and even throwing a landing go. The Titans allowed over 500 yards of offense, however a lot of that got here with the sport all however determined—for a lot of the night, Tennessee did a superb job of containing presumptive NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.
And for the second straight week, whereas Ryan Tannehill’s stat line was pedestrian after which some (simply 88 yards on 7-of-14 passing), the eighth-year veteran made performs when he needed to. As Tyler Sullivan reported for CBS Sports, Tannehill’s playoff efficiency this yr places him in some distinctive firm.
“According to NFL Research,” Sullivan wrote, “Tannehill joins Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw as the only players in the Super Bowl era to win consecutive playoff games with one or more touchdown passes and fewer than 100 yards passing. Bradshaw did so in the 1974 AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl IX.”
“After the Titans shocked the defending champs,” Davenport mentioned, “I will freely admit that I expected the Cinderella run to end in Baltimore. But after watching Tennessee use the same recipe to not only beat the 14-2 Ravens but do so handily, I’m not about to count them out in the AFC Championship Game.”
Gagnon’s not writing the Titans off both, however he admits subsequent week’s journey to Kansas Metropolis presents an uphill climb.
“The Titans are remarkably different than the rest of the final four,” he wrote. “And yes, on paper, they’re also clearly inferior. But Derrick Henry is matchup-proof, and these guys are really rallying behind Mike Vrabel. They absolutely have a shot, but it’s also easy to envision the run finally ending on Sunday in Kansas City.”
Sobleski is of the same thoughts.
“Tennessee’s old-school approach is something to behold,” he mentioned. “No defender wants to tackle the runaway freight train known as Derrick Henry. The defense, meanwhile, plays fundamentally sound football with very few mistakes. It’s a tried-and-true method to win games. But it’s not enough to topple Mahomes and Co., right? Lamar, help me out here. The Chiefs offense is far too explosive for the Titans to hold in check. Maybe.”