Jason Wolf and Joe Rexrode recap the loss to the Patriots.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots are really good, they destroyed the Titans 35-14 Saturday night in a playoff game at Gillette Stadium, they’ll probably win it all again and we’ll get to them in a minute.

But first, let’s talk about the feelings of Titans fans as this season ends. They still should feel good about the first postseason for this franchise in nine years and the first win – last week’s 22-21 comeback thriller at Kansas City – in 14. And they should be furious at the way Saturday’s opportunity was both taken away and squandered.

This could have been a game. Some kind of game, anyway. A half game? Something better than what it was. If you saw it, you know it.

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“I think if we had another crack at it, we’d do it a lot better. I really believe that,” Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said after the season ended with 10 wins and eight losses. “Some uncharacteristic mistakes by some key guys.”


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The Titans got the start they wanted, stops on the Pats’ first two possessions and a superb 95-yard drive engineered by Marcus Mariota and finished with a 15-yard, one-handed touchdown catch by receiver Corey Davis. They could not keep stopping the Tom Brady machine, because no one does, but it was 7-7 when Mariota zipped one to receiver Eric Decker for a conversion on third-and-14 … called back for pass interference.

Replay revealed a bad call, one coach Mike Mularkey said will “go down in history.”

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But you know…