Patriots hope Super effort returns vs. Titans

The New England Patriots are wobbling into the postseason as opposed to arriving in their typical stellar form.A lackluster December cost the Patriots a first-round bye, and they will be competing in the AFC wild-card round for the first time since the 2009 season when they host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night in Foxborough, Mass.Third-seeded New England (12-4) lost three of five in December, including a stunning 27-24 setback to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday to assure there would be no bye.The late-season struggles have erased the Patriots from being mentioned among the Super Bowl favorites. Running back James White is aware of that perception but says the focus has to be solely on the sixth-seeded Titans (9-7).”We all didn’t play our best football last week, and we all obviously wanted to play better but we didn’t,” White said during a Tuesday press conference. “Can’t sulk on that. It’s a playoff game here, you play to play in these games right here. We’re all excited to get back out there.”Tennessee landed a playoff berth on Sunday with a 35-14 victory over the Houston Texans, who rested quarterback Deshaun Watson and other key players. It is the Titans’ second postseason berth in the past three seasons.Running back Derrick Henry will certainly get a lot of work after rushing for an NFL-best 1,540 yards in addition to scoring 18 touchdowns (16 rushing, two receiving). But the player most under the microscope is quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who will see action in his first career postseason game.Tannehill was superb after replacing Marcus Mariota as the starting quarterback following Week 6. Overall, the 31-year-old passed for 2,742 yards and 22 touchdowns against six interceptions while completing a franchise-record 70.3 percent of his passes and averaging an NFL-best 9.6 yards per attempt.”It’s obviously a big opportunity for us, a huge challenge on the road,” Tannehill told reporters. “I always wanted to be playing in January and competing for a championship.”It is the playoffs, and everything amps up a little bit. … I definitely expect it to be an intense game.”Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t looked so super during his age-42 season. He completed just 60.8 percent of his passes — tying for the third-lowest ratio of his career — while passing for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions.There is a lot of chatter that Brady’s passing elbow is ailing, but he continues to insist that all is well with his right arm.”It’s feeling good. I don’t have any problem,” Brady said on his weekly radio show. “I have no injuries. I’ve said it, like, a lot. I feel good. There’s no injury, no nothing. I wish I would’ve played better, and that’s about it.”

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