So, the daunting prospect of facing two desperate opponents on the road to end the season proved to be a paper tiger. The New England Patriots sailed into the post-season with a convincing 40-23 win over the Titans—looking to became the first team ever to go 0-5 and make the playoffs.
After falling behind 3-0, the 3-time Super Bowl Champs put up 19 unanswered points—featuring gutsy runs by Corey Dillon (2 TDS).
The defense, who always show up, sacked the very "vincible" Vince Young 5 times—and also saw Assante Samuel take over the NFL interception lead with two pics.
Tom Brady was typically intense and deadly, at one point hurling a 62-yard TD pass to Caldwell that quickly quieted the Tennessee crowd—emboldened by some optimistic scoreboard results from other games. All in all, a dominating way to launch into the "tournament" season.