The End?

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The New England Patriots reign is over. For the first time in a decade, they are not going to be apart of the Divisional Playoff weekend, as their eight-year streak of playing in the AFC Championship Game ended with a 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday Night. Playing on Wild Card weekend itself was something odd for New England as they had a bye as the one or two seed in the AFC in every season since 2010. This just how dominant the Patriots had been. Winners of six Super Bowls, while playing nine since 2001. The Patriots had created the greatest dynasty in the history of the NFL behind Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady. That dynasty now has an uncertain future as the 42-year-old quarterback is currently without a contract and an NFL Free Agent. The Patriots started the season as a juggernaut as they sought to make the Super Bowl for the fourth year in a row, winning their first eight games. The Pats had won three Super Bowls in the last five years as well. Down the stretch against a tougher schedule, New England was just 4-4, with a home loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 17, forcing them to play a week earlier than usual. It is perhaps that loss that began to trigger the Patriots downfall, as they played like a team that needed a bye on Saturday night as they had no answer for Derrick Henry, who rushed for 182 yards on 34 carries with one touchdown. At the end of the first half, the Titans took the lead, with Henry accounting for all 75 yards in a two-minute scoring drive. The Patriots meanwhile got just one touchdown in three trips inside the red zone. There would be no scoring in the second half until Tom Brady was picked off at the end of the game after New England was pinned down to their own one-yard line by a great punt from Brett Kearn.