Nashville TN – The Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots were charter members of the American Football League in 1960 as the Houston Oilers and Boston Patriots. In the league’s inaugural season, the Oilers swept both games, winning 24-10 in New England and 37-21 in Houston.
The teams met 20 times as part of the AFL (1960-69), with the Patriots earning a 10-9-1 advantage.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) throws under pressure during the second half of the New England Patriots 33-16 win over the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on December 20th, 2015. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
Upon the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Oilers moved to the AFC Central Division, and the Patriots began play in the AFC East. They officially became the New England Patriots in 1971.
Since 1989, the Patriots and Titans have met 12 times, and all but three of those games were played in New England.
There have been three all-time postseason meetings between the organizations, most recently in the 2017 Divisional round. Following a victory in the first round at Kansas City, the Titans traveled to face the top-seeded Patriots and fell by a final score of 35-14.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns, out-dueling Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (254 yards, two touchdowns).
In a 2003 AFC Divisional playoff at Gillette Stadium, which was then the coldest game in Oilers/Titans history (4 degrees at kickoff), the Titans fell to the Patriots by a final score of 17-14. The game was tied at 14 going into the fourth quarter, but Adam Vinatieri booted a 46-yard field goal with four minutes to play that would prove to be the game-winner.
Tennessee had a shot at the end as Drew Bennett caught two passes from Steve McNair in the final two minutes, but a third pass to Bennett fell incomplete on fourth and 12, ending the drive. New England advanced to the AFC Championship and ultimately won Super Bowl XXVIII.
In a 1978 Divisional playoff contest, the Oilers traveled to Schaefer Stadium and advanced to the AFC Championship with a 31-14 win, courtesy of three touchdown passes by Dan Pastorini and 118 rushing yards by Earl Campbell.
The last time the Titans traveled to New England in the regular season was December 20th, 2015. Mariota’s rookie season came to an end with an injury during the game, and the Patriots used three turnovers and five sacks to prevail 33-16. Brady passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns in the New England victory.
Most Recent Matchups
2009 Week 6 • Oct. 18, 2009 • Titans 0 at PATRIOTS 59
The Titans fall to 0-6 on the season before beginning a five-game winning streak two weeks later after the bye. Unexpected snow blankets the Gillette Stadium field during pregame. Tom Brady passes for 380 yards and six touchdowns, including five in the second quarter and three to Randy Moss.
Chris Johnson rushes for 128 yards on 17 carries for the Titans. The Patriots defense holds the Titans to minus-seven net passing yards.
2012 Week 1 • Sept. 9, 2012 • PATRIOTS 34 at Titans 13
Jake Locker records his first NFL start and completes 23 of 32 passes for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Patriots get 236 passing yards and two touchdown passes from Tom Brady and add 125 rushing yards from Stevan Ridley.
Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez combine for 12 receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Locker leaves the game in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury. Chris Johnson limited to four yards on 11 carries.
2015 Week 15 • Dec. 20, 2015 • Titans 16 at PATRIOTS 33
Marcus Mariota is knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, and Zach Mettenberger comes on to complete 20 of 28 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Delanie Walker scores two touchdowns. Tom Brady leads the Patriots with 267 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
The Patriots produce five sacks and force three turnovers, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown, helping them build a 24-3 lead in the first half.
2017 Divisional Round • Jan. 13, 2018 • Titans 14 at PATRIOTS 35
The Titans’ season comes to an end in New England courtesy of a 337-yard, three-touchdown passing performance by Tom Brady. Marcus Mariota passes for 254 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to rookie receiver Corey Davis (five catches for 63 yards). The Titans take a 7-0 lead into the second quarter before the Patriots score 35 consecutive points.
Five different Patriots score touchdowns. Danny Amendola catches 11 passes for 112 yards for New England. Mariota is sacked eight times.
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