Reigning champion New England was dumped from a NFL playoffs by pretender Tennessee on Saturday, a Titans holding a 20-13 highway feat that could spell a finish of six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady’s career.
NFL rushing personality Derrick Henry ran 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown on his 26th birthday and former Patriot Logan Ryan returned an interception of Brady 9 yards for a touchdown with 9 seconds remaining for a final points to sign New England’s fate.
“We were usually sealed in,” Henry said. “We wanted it. It’s a good win opposite a good group in a antagonistic environment. I’m usually happy we could advance. A good group win.”
Brady, a 42-year-old quarterback who is now a giveaway agent, could not beam a Patriots to a second-half measure opposite a Titans defensive section overseen by Tennessee manager Mike Vrabel, a linebacker on 3 Super Bowl champions with New England.
After completing 20-of-37 passes for 209 yards, Brady pronounced it was “pretty unlikely” he would retire even yet he turns 43 before subsequent deteriorate opens.
“Who knows what a destiny holds. Let’s leave it during that,” Brady said. “I don’t know what a destiny looks like. I’m not going to envision it.”
The Titans modernized to a second-round matchup subsequent Saturday during American Conference tip seed Baltimore while Houston will transport to second seed Kansas City subsequent Sunday. Both hosts had first-round byes.
Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson ran for one touchdown, threw for another and finished a overwhelming play to set adult Ka’imi Fairbairn game-winning 28-yard domain idea 11:40 into over-time as a Texans kick visiting Buffalo 22-19.
The National Football Conference playoffs start Sunday with Minnesota during New Orleans and Seattle during Philadelphia, with tip seed San Francisco and second seed Green Bay watchful to see who they will perform subsequent weekend.
Henry scored on a 1-yard run with 38 seconds remaining in a second entertain as a Titans edged forward 14-13 during half-time, a domain they confirmed until a final seconds as a diversion hung on a knife’s edge.
Tennessee erased 8 mins of a fourth entertain with a unsuccessful expostulate afterwards stopped a Pats on usually 4 plays before forcing a punt and pinning New England during a 1-yard line with 15 seconds remaining, environment a theatre for a pivotal pickoff score.
New England’s Nick Folk non-stop a scoring with a 36-yard domain idea though a Titans answered with a 75-yard expostulate capped by Ryan Tannehill’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Firkser.
Brady responded by relocating New England 75 yards in 10 plays, a Patriots retaking a lead 10-7 interjection to Julian Edelman’s 5-yard touchdown run on a initial play of a second quarter.
New England gathering to a Tennessee 1 though Titan defenders forced a hosts to settle for a 21-yard Folk domain idea 2:16 before half-time.
Texans convene to win
At Houston, Watson transient dual Bills defenders and flipped a brief pass to Taiwan Jones, who ran 34 yards to a Buffalo 10-yard line on a play before Fairbairn’s diversion winner.
“Will, guts, courage — everything. They got to me though we stayed up,” Watson said.
“Man, usually never quit. honestly. we usually told myself to stay up. It’s do or die right now. All a work we put in in a off-season, we had to get it done.”
Watson was sacked 7 times though finished 20-of-25 passes for 247 yards, ran 14 times for 55 yards and rallied a Texans from a 16-0 deficit, a initial time in 23 tries underneath manager Bill O’Brien that Houston had transient so outrageous a hole to win.
“I knew somebody had to be great. we said, ‘Why not me?'” Watson said.
“We never quit. Whatever it takes to get a win, we keep fighting and we will always give a best.”
Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka kicked his fourth domain idea of a day from 47 yards with 5 seconds remaining in a fourth entertain to lift a Bills turn during 19-19 and set adult over-time.
The Bills seized a 13-0 half-time edge, highlighted by quarterback Josh Allen throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass on a pretence play on Buffalo’s opening drive, though could not constraint their initial playoff feat given 1995.
Buffalo led 16-0 though Fairbairn kicked a domain idea off a turnover and Watson scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, boring dual defenders a final 6 yards, and flipped a 5-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Hyde.
Watson threw and ran for 2-point conversions after any touchdown and Houston led until Hauschka forced over-time.
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