Is the New England Patriots' dynasty dead? There have been comments like that all year long, despite Tom Brady's good health and his previous talk that he would play as long as he felt good. Of course, that decision isn't entirely up to Tom.
Certainly, the Patriots' hopes for a seventh Super Bowl were dashed last night by the Tennessee Titans – specifically by a stellar ground game led by running back Derrick Henry. Henry, the league's leading rusher, plowed ahead all night long for a cool 182 yards (204 total) and one rushing touchdown in a game where both teams were stubborn on defense.
Ryan Tannehill was held by a tough New England defense to only 72 total yards passing, but the Titans stepped it up on defense as well, and coupled with the brutal running attack of Henry, the Titans had most of the momentum throughout the game. Tom Brady was largely ineffective and tossed a pick-six to former teammate Logan Ryan late in the game that iced the victory for the Titans.
It remains to be seen what the end of the season will bring for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Will Brady end his career with another team? Will the Patriots move on from Brady and see him retire? However it pans out, it does at least feel like the dynasty is coming to an end.
For the Tennessee Titans, this might be the start of a whole new era for them as they are still alive in the NFL Playoff picture. The Titans will face the tough Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Division Round on January 11 at 8:15 PM E.T.