The Patriots didn’t expect to be playing this weekend, but then they lost to the Dolphins in Week 17.
New England seemed on its way to a 10th consecutive first-round bye until that defeat, so now coach Bill Belichick’s squad will play the Titans in the first round.
MORE: Watch Patriots vs. Titans live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Tennessee (9-7) is in the playoffs for the second time in the past three years, having secured a wild-card berth in the final weekend. Running back Derrick Henry won the NFL rushing crown, gaining 1,540 yards on 303 carries.
While they may not have the first-round bye, the Patriots (12-4) still won the AFC East. The defense is one of the best in recent memory; it led the league in a slew of categories, including points allowed (14.1 per game), yards allowed (275.9 per game) and interceptions (25).
Sporting News is tracking the live score, updates and highlights from the AFC wild-card game between the Patriots and Titans. Follow along below.
Patriots vs. Titans live score
Patriots vs. Titans live updates, highlights
10:25 p.m.: Tennessee narrowly avoids a turnover, as Tannehill fumbles but falls on it.
10:18 p.m.: An ineligible man downfield penalty wipes out a huge Patriots gain. A third-and-15 screen goes nowhere, and New England punts it back to Tennessee.
Halftime: Titans 14, Patriots 13
9:46 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Titans. An absolute statement drive from Henry. He gets the ball five times on a seven-play drive and picks up all 75 yards, finishing with a 1-yard score with 35 seconds left before halftime. Titans 14, Patriots 13.
9:32 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Patriots. A huge goal-line stand from Tennessee, avoiding giving up a touchdown from first-and-goal from the 1. Three straight run stuffs. Patriots 13, Titans 7.
9:20 p.m.: Now three punts in a row. A good return will start New England on the Tennessee 47.
9:07 p.m.: Tennessee punts, the first possession for either team that hasn’t ended in points.
9:02 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Julian Edelman with a 5-yard run to put New England back on top. Patriots 10, Titans 7.
End first quarter: Titans 7, Patriots 3
9:00 p.m.: The Patriots are inside the 10-yard line as the first quarter ends. They’ve used a lot of screen passes and runs to get there.
8:47 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Titans. Tennessee answers with a 12-play series capped by a 12-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to tight end Anthony Firkser. Titans 7, Patriots 4.
8:34 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Patriots. Odd drive ends in three points. Couple of near-interceptions from Brady, but the Patriots score on the opening drive. Patriots 3, Titans 0.
8:28 p.m.: Tom Brady with an incredibly ill-advised throw as he’s being sacked. It just goes straight up in the air, and he’s lucky it’s not intercepted by a defensive lineman.
8:26 p.m.: New England begins with the ball after a touchback.
8:05 p.m.: This game was supposed to start at 8:15 but has been pushed back 10 minutes due to the Bills/Texans game going long.
Kickoff pushed back to 8:25 p.m. ET, per announcement in press box.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 5, 2020