31 degrees, clear skies, 8mph winds
Key Coaching Decision #1 (Titans trail 7-21 / 4th & 1 NE 46 / 0:25 Q2):
- Tennessee elected to go for it on 4th & 1 near midfield with 25 seconds left in the half. Against most teams this could be seen as an innocuous decision, but the Patriots are known for having incredible production when executing drives at the end of first halves. In order to beat the Patriots, coaches really need to aim for air tight play calling, and cannot give the Patriots any opportunities to take advantage of an edge. In this situation, electing to go for it and allowing the Patriots to get into field goal range before the end of the half was an example of poor game planning on the part of the Titans.
- On 3rd & 7 at 6:44 Q1, Gronkowski was left uncovered at the snap of the play. Slight downgrade in Tennessee’s play calling for not having them lined up. The pass was not complete but should have been easy 1st down.
- Patriots scored their first two touchdowns on similar wide run plays to the weak side of the formation. Nice play calling and game planning here.
- Excellent defensive-game planning by New England to shut down Tennessee’s offense.
- On offense, New England seemed to score at will for significant stretches of this game. They looked supremely prepared on both offense and defense, resulting in a perfect 10 for their game planning grade.