*TITANS ADVANCE AFTER WIN AT NEW ENGLAND *
The Titans earned the opportunity to play the Ravens in the divisional round after defeating the AFC East champion Patriots 20-13 last week at New England. Second-year head coach Mike Vrabel led the team to victory in his first career postseason game with the Titans.
Since the NFL went to its current playoff format in 1990, Vrabel’s squad is the eighth team to advance to the divisional round of the postseason after beginning the regular season with two wins or less in its first six regular season games.
In the win, running back Derrick Henry set new franchise single-game postseason records with 182 rushing yards and 204 scrimmage yards. He tallied the most rushing yards in an NFL playoff game since Green Bay’s Ryan Grant ran for 201 yards against Seattle on Jan. 12, 2008. His scrimmage yards total was the league’s highest in the playoffs since Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had 224 yards against Kansas City on Jan. 4, 2014.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill notched a win in his first career postseason game, passing for 72 yards and a touchdown. Since Tannehill took over the starting duties in Week 7 of the regular season, the Titans are 8-3.
Meanwhile, the Titans defense limited the Patriots to 13 points, which tied for the lowest amount by the Patriots in 41 playoff games since 2001 under head coach Bill Belichick. The Titans shut out the Patriots in the second half.