LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The New England Patriots begin their quest for a third Super Bowl title in four seasons on Saturday when they meet the Tennessee Titans in the NFL playoffs. Champions in the 2014 and 2016 seasons, the Patriots are aiming for a sixth Super Bowl title, all with the Tom Brady at quarterback.
They will be big favourites in the American Football Conference divisional round having won their last six meetings with the Titans. Tennessee advanced to Saturday’s game with a 22-21 wildcard victory over the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Philadelphia Eagles, host the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.
Atlanta, who blew a 25-point lead in last year’s Super Bowl, scored a 26-13 wildcard victory over the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams.
The Eagles, who won the NFC East with a 13-3 record hold an 18-14-1 all-time mark against the Falcons. Divisional round games continue on Sunday with the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who like the Patriots and Eagles had a first-round bye, hosting AFC South winner Jacksonville Jaguars.
NFC North winner Minnesota Vikings face NFC South champion New Orleans Saints.
Jacksonville, who beat the Buffalo Bills to set up a meeting with the Steelers, enjoy a surprising 13-11 all-time record over Pittsburgh.
New Orleans held off the Carolina Panthers winning 31-26.
The Vikings are 21-11 all-time against the Saints including a 29-19 regular season victory in September
Next weekend’s winners will meet on January 21 for Conference titles with the victors playing for the Super Bowl on February 4.