Patriots Playoffs: 5 keys to beat the Titans in the Divisional Round

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Stephon Gilmore
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KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 06: Derrick Henry /

1. Contain Derrick Henry

Of course, the New England Patriots top priority defensively should be to stop running back Derrick Henry. He will once again be the Titans lone feature back as DeMarco Murray is officially listed as OUT for the game.

Last week, Henry ran all over the Kansas City Chiefs and he was a huge reason why the Titans were able to come back and win. Tennessee wants to control the clock with long drives that will keep Tom Brady off of the field. In order to do so, they will rely on Derrick Henry to run the ball for positive yards. He will almost always run to the left side behind tackle Taylor Lewan, and New England must find a way to take advantage of that tendency.

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The Patriots must find a way to limit Derrick Henry to 75 yards or less so that they can control this game. Tennessee and New England will kick off in Foxboro at Gillette Stadium at 8:15 PM on Saturday. The winner will advance to the AFC Championship Game and will face either the Jacksonville Jaguars or Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFC matchups this weekend pit the Atlanta Falcons against the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints against the Minnesota Vikings. Either of those 4 teams could make it to the Super Bowl.