Patriots keep on plugging away
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots know they'll get a first-round bye in playoffs.
The Titans' future is in doubt.
Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns to help the Patriots hold onto the top spot in the AFC after knocking out Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota with a knee injury (see notebook). New England clinched a first-round bye when the Broncos lost to the Steelers.
James White caught seven passes for 71 yards, including a 30-yard catch-and-run touchdown, and Keshawn Martin had a 75-yard kickoff return to set up a score for the Patriots. White filled in at No. 1 running back for injured Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount.
Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks fell on a ball in the end zone after linebacker Jamie Collins strip-sacked Mariota for a New England touchdown in the second quarter.