Patriots end season with wild-card weekend loss to Titans

Patriots end season with wild-card weekend loss to Titans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots (12-4) watched their season come to an end on Saturday night as they fell to the Tennessee Titans, 20-13. The loss is the first at Gillette Stadium in the postseason since the Pats fell to Baltimore in the AFC Championship in January 2013.

Tom Brady, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, could have played in his last home game as a Patriot if the quarterback does not re-sign with the Patriots or retires at the age of 42. There has been no word yet on any decision by the quarterback regarding his future.

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11:23 p.m.: Final: Tennessee 20, New England 13.

11:20 p.m.: And Brady’s pass is picked and run in for a Tennessee score. The Titans went for two and could not convert. 20-13 Tennessee with 9 seconds left.

11:16 p.m.: Pats will get the ball back with 25 seconds left in the contest and no timeouts.

11:12 p.m.: Pair of big first downs by the Titans give them 1st-and-10 at their own 37-yard-line. Two-minute warning. Pats have one timeout left.

11:06 p.m.: Patriots have to punt after their drive stalls near their own 40-yard-line.

10:57 p.m.: The Titans opt to punt in New England’s side of the field. And after a series of penalties to kill clock by Tennessee, the Patriots will take over at their 9-yard-line.

10:51 p.m.: Stephon Gilmore taken off the field after a collision with Dion Lewis. He went into the blue medical tent on the Patriots sideline.

10:46 p.m.: Four plays later and New England has to punt the ball back to the Titans. They’ll have it at the Tennessee 25-yard-line.

10:42 p.m.: Duron Harmon intercepts Ryan Tannehill and the Pats take over at their own 41-yard-line.

10:38 p.m.: End of the third quarter. Titans maintain their 1-point lead.

10:32 p.m.: Despite a great third-down conversion from Brady to Edelman, the Patriots are unable to score and Jake Bailey’s punt goes into the endzone for a touchback. Titans take over at the Tennessee 25-yard-line.

10:27 p.m.: After another defensive stop by New England, the Patriots will begin their drive with 5:31 left in the third quarter on their own 7-yard-line.

10:19 p.m.: Despite the defense forcing the Titans to punt on the half’s opening drive, New England’s offense can’t stay on the field after a penalty against Shaq Mason negates a 38-yard gain from Brady to Ben Watson. Titans receive the punt on their own 43-yard-line.

10:06 p.m.: The second half is underway in Foxborough.

9:53 p.m.: Halftime: Tennessee 14, New England 13.

9:46 p.m.: Derrick Henry rushes the ball in from the 1-yard-line with 35 seconds remaining in the half. The extra point gives Tennessee the lead, 14-13. Henry recorded all 75 of Tennessee’s offensive yards on that drive on five runs and one reception.

9:33 p.m.: The Patriots drive to the 1-yard-line but are unable to punch it in after three stops by the Titans defense. Nick Folk kicks the field goal and the Patriots extend their lead to 13-7 in the second quarter.

9:19 p.m.: Another three-and-out by the New England defense forces Tennesee to punt. Mohamed Sanu returns the punt to the Titans 47-yard-line with 8 minutes to go in the second quarter.

9:14 p.m.: New England’s drive stalls and they’re forced to punt. Jake Bailey’s attempt goes deep in the Tennessee side of the field.

9:06 p.m.: The Patriots force a 3-and-out and get the ball back as the Titans punt to the New England 24-yard-line.

9:06 p.m.: Patrick Chung is questionable to return with an ankle injury after being removed from the game in the first quarter.

9:03 p.m.: Julian Edelman takes a hand-off from Tom Brady and runs in for the first touchdown of the game for New England. 10-7 Patriots at the start of the second.

8:59 p.m.: End of the 1st quarter. Titans 7, Patriots 3.

8:52 p.m.: The ensuing Patriots drive following the Titans touchdown saw a big conversion by Mohamed Sanu on 2nd-and-11 for a first down, followed immediately by a 25-yard run by Sony Michel.

8:47 p.m.: Ryan Tannehill connects with TE Anthony Firkser for a 12-yard touchdown. Tennessee leads, 7-3.

8:32 p.m.: An 8-play drive that took 2:23 and went 57 yards ended in a field goal for the Patriots, who lead the contest, 3-0.

8:23 p.m.: The Titans have deferred after winning the coin toss. The Patriots will start with the ball.

8:20 p.m.: Moments away from kickoff at Gillette Stadium.

8:05 p.m.: The contest, originally slated for 8:15 p.m., has been pushed back 10 minutes to 8:25 p.m.

7:25 p.m.: Tom Brady and the Patriots have taken the field.

6:50 p.m.: The inactives list for both teams have been released with nearly 90 minutes remaining before kickoff.

6:40 p.m. The gates have opened to fans at Gillette Stadium.

5:45 p.m.: Titans coach Mike Vrabel and Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrived on the field at Gillette Stadium and began preparations for the 8:15 p.m. contest.

5:35 p.m.: Fans of both the Patriots and Titans spoke with Boston 25 News about what they expect to happen in Saturday night’s game.

4:30 p.m.: Julian Edelman and Tom Brady both arrived at Gillette Stadium ready for their Saturday night contest with the Tennessee Titans in the opening round of the NFL Playoffs.