Tom Brady via GHS looks ahead to Saturday vs. Titans: 'It’s going to be a tough game'

Ryan Hannable
December 30, 2019 - 11:15 am

By way of their 27-24 loss to the Dolphins at home in Week 17, the Patriots find themselves hosting the Titans Saturday night on Wild Card Weekend.

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A win would have earned them a first-round bye, but now they are playing on Wild Card Weekend for just the first time since 2009.

The Patriots and Titans are very familiar with each other. There are a number of former Patriots on the team, including head coach Mike Vrabel. In addition, the two teams held joint practices in Nashville before a preseason game this summer and played one another last season -- a 34-10 Titans win.

Speaking on The Greg Hill Show with Mike Mutnansky, Jermaine Wiggins and Nick "Fitzy" Stevens filling in, Tom Brady acknowledged it's going to be a tough game.

“They are playing well," he said. "They have a great rushing attack. They have a lot of playmakers on offense. Ryan Tannehill is doing a great job for them at quarterback. Defense, they mix it up a lot — good cover guys, good blitzing scheme. They have good cover guys. They rush the quarterback good, so it’s going to be a tough game and we’re going to have to bring it. That is what our goal has to be.”

While missing out on a first-round bye is disappointing and the Patriots have never made it to the Super Bowl as a Wild Card team, Brady noted there are plenty of examples for the team to look towards.

“There’s a lot of examples of that, like Philly in 2017. They did it that way, too," Brady said. "The Giants in 2011 against us, the Giants in 2007 against us. We don’t have to look very far to realize that it is about one game to move on. It’s a tournament, single-elimination. It is not anything that any of us have done all season, none of it matters now.

"Every team is 0-0. Some teams get a bye, some teams get home field, but everyone has a chance to go out and compete until you lose. For us, we’re not looking at games beyond this one. It’s about one week and we have to pour everything we have into it and try and go out there and play our best game.”

Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. Saturday and with a win the Patriots would play the following Sunday in Kansas City.

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