The Tennessee Titans were the last AFC team to qualify for the playoffs, requiring them to travel to Foxborough where Tom Brady and the iconic New England Patriots await. While oddsmakers set the final line at only four points, few people gave the Titans any realistic chance to knock off a New England team that allowed only 95.5 yards per game on the ground this season, good for 6th in the NFL.
Those people didn’t count on King Henry.
In a performance that conjured memories of Henry carrying Alabama to a title in 2015, the one man wrecking crew toted it 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown, the highest playoff total allowed in the Belichick era, and also added a catch for 22 yards. He had 204 of only 272 total yards gained by the Titans against a historically good Patriots’ defense. This was a performance for the ages, folks.
The Patriots' #1 Defense CANNOT STOP Derrick Henry. pic.twitter.com/ZBSc6Zn0gV— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 5, 2020
That was a whale of a birthday party.
Not to be outdone, Rashaan Evans had himself a day to carry the defense.
I know we are all talking about Derrick Henry’s performance tonight. Rashaan Evans also led the Titans in tackles tonight with 10. Both #BuiltByBama— Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone) January 5, 2020
Evans also had three tackles for loss in the game, including this critical third down stop.
#Titans Rashaan Evans was all the way in the #Patriots backfield on that 3rd and goal play.pic.twitter.com/oSNMzeAKWw— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 5, 2020
Great to see. Those of us who don’t have a favored team in these playoffs have officially latched on to a rooting interest.