When: January 13th, 8:15 p.m. EST
Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
The AFC Divisional Round
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seems immortal at this point. The 40-year old will participate in his 35th career playoff game Saturday night when the Patriots face the Titans at 8:15pm ET on CBS. Brady defeated the Titans in the playoffs back in 2004 on the path to his second Super Bowl title, but he’s never faced second year Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Mariota engineered a brilliant comeback in Kansas City against Andy Reid’s Chiefs. Trailing 21-3 at halftime, the former Oregon Duck tossed two touchdowns in the second half (including one to himself) and the Titans rallied for a 22-21 win. Speaking of second year players, Derrick Henry probably sealed Demarco Murray’s offseason fate with a breakout performance. Henry barreled his way through the Chiefs defense for 185 total yards and sealed the game late with a bruising 22-yard run on 3rd and 10 with less than two minutes left. But Henry and Mariota will have to up their game even more to beat the mighty Patriots.
For the Patriots, it was business as usual in the AFC East, They went 5-1 in the division and clinched shortly after Thanksgiving. After that, Brady and company went to Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers (or got help from the refs, depending on your point of view) to lock up home field advantage in the AFC. Brady will likely win his third NFL MVP thanks to Carson Wentz’s injury. He led the league in passing yards and finished third in passing touchdowns, while tossing only 8 interceptions. Just another year beginning with a 2 for this juggernaut franchise.
How can the Titans Compete?
On paper, the Titans look massively inferior to the Patriots, but there are holes in the New England defense. After giving up 128 points in their first four games, the Pats defense stabilized, holding all but two opponents to 17 points or less in the last 12 games. Opposing running backs are still finding success though. New England allowed 100+ rushing yards in 10 of their 16 contests and only forced one turnover in their final four games. Tennessee relies heavily on the run and this could be a defense to exploit with a monstrous running back like Derrick Henry. Still, it’s hard to bet against the Patriots, who have lost just one home playoff game since 2011.
How To Watch The Tennessee Titans vs. The New England Patriots Without Cable
The game is being broadcast LIVE on CBS. If you’re a cord-cutter there are still ways to watch the game without a cable subscription. Here’s a list of options.
DirecTV NOW offers CBS as a part of all of their packages, including the base “Live A Little” package. This has over 60 channels for a price of $35/month with the option to add movie channels for an additional $5 to $8 per month.
If you want to sample it before subscribing, they offer a FREE TRIAL.
CBS All Access
CBS All Access offers live streaming of news, special events, and sports. You can even stream the NFL live on CBS. Due to an agreement between Verizon and the NFL, subscribers with Verizon Wireless as a mobile career can watch NFL games live on their phones. There is no additional cost to stream live TV.
In addition to live streaming TV, CBS All Access offers over 8,500 episodes of on-demand content to its customers. This includes original content that is only available on this service. Subscribers can stay current on their favorite shows without having to pay outrageous cable bills.
CBS All Access offers a FREE TRIAL. Try it out.
Hulu With Live TV
Hulu With Live TV includes CBS in their lineup of channels. They offer over 50 channels at $39.99/month. Give them a try, they offer a free trial if you’re curious about the service.
YouTube TV includes CBS in addition to over 50 other channels for $35/month. You also get other major networks ABC, NBC, and FOX, plus more. You also get 5 ESPN channels, 3 FOX Sports Channels, and CBS Sports. It’s great for the sports fan.
Don’t forget about the tried and true antenna. Digital antennas deliver a quality picture and you can combine them with your streaming services and devices to get a wide range of entertainment. Since a lot of live sporting events are broadcast on network TV, it might be worth it to invest in a HD antenna.
Now that you have all of your options, get yourself set up to watch some amazing football.
The game is Saturday Jan. 13th at 8:15pm EST on CBS. Don’t miss it.