FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Experience matters.
So does talent.
This is why the Patriots will march on to next week’s AFC Championship game, toward a sixth Super Bowl title and second in a row and toward rewriting the NFL history books.
This is why the Titans, bless their near two-touchdown-underdog hearts, have as much of a chance to upset the Patriots in Saturday night’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium as Tom Brady’s fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, has of sharing an office with Bill Belichick next season.
There are an avalanche of forces against a Titans upset of the Patriots, beginning with the fact the Patriots have 41 players on their roster who have played in at least one playoff game. The Titans have 18.
The Patriots are a remarkable 18-3 in playoff games at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002, including 9-1 in the divisional round. They last lost a home playoff game in 2012 and are 107-21 overall at Gillette. The Patriots are 25-9 in the postseason under Belichick.
The Titans, who are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season, last won at Foxborough in 1993, back when they were still the Houston Oilers and nine years before Gillette Stadium opened.
You need only to look at the quarterbacks in this game to decipher the disparity in experience, not to mention production.
Brady is playing in his 14th divisional playoff game, surpassing Jerry Rice for the most divisional-round playoff appearances in NFL history. This is the first for Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Brady, who is 14-0 in the playoffs when he has a quarterback rating of at least 95.0, finished the season with a 102.8 rating, completing 66.3 percent of his passes and throwing for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Mariota’s passer rating was 79.3, and he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,232 yards, 13 TDs and 15 INTs.
The Patriots and Titans haven’t played each other since the 2015 season, but in the seven games in which Brady…