By KYLE HIGHTOWER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Monday, January 15, 2018
FOXBOROUGH, MASS. -- The New England Patriots have handled every bit of adversity that has been thrown at them this season - from a string of injuries to the recent off-field firestorm created by reports of purported discord within the core of the franchise.
Now, they'll have a chance to play for yet another AFC championship, their seventh appearance in the conference final in as many years.
The Patriots' 35-14 victory over the Titans in Saturday's divisional round was yet another reminder of the defending Super Bowl champion's unique ability to not only compartmentalize, but play some of their best football in the face of it.
Tom Brady chuckled when he was asked after the game about his name being mentioned in a swirl of media reports last week about alleged bickering between himself, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.
"Noooo," he responded sarcastically, when a reporter asked about Brady's name being mentioned in a negative light. But Brady said it "just goes with the territory.
"I just try to be consistent, show up and do the best I can do every week for the team and regardless of whether I'm the worst quarterback in the league or the best quarterback in the league or somewhere in-between," he said.
7 Straight seasons in which the New England Patriots have ascended to the AFC championship game.