But Brady says he's never doubted his team's ability to compartmentalize potential distractions.
Johnson's parents, Austin and Tammy, will head to New England for the game, he said. Ray Brewer won back-to-back titles in the 2015-2016 and 2016-17 seasons, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015. Mariota's feet led the team in Rushing with 37 yards, two of them for first downs.
Quarterback Tom Brady has had an extra week to nurse his shoulder injury.
Brady finished 35-of-53 for 337 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He broke the tie with Hall of Famer Joe Montana who had nine postseason TD passes.
Mariota ended up with 254 yards passing, but he was sacked eight times by New England with Geneo Grissom and rookie Deatrich Wise chalking up two each.
The offseason is an important one for the Tennessee Titans.
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Tom Brady's character was assaulted last week, which really isn't anything new to the Patriots' 40-year-old quarterback. However, that's the only time Tennessee would hold a lead in this game. Following a slow first quarter, the Patriots turned on the jets, marching their way to a 35-0 run.
"He saw some of the things that he missed by trying to bounce some things", Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.
If I were the Titans, I'd make sure all the fire alarms in their team hotel are guarded throughout the night (I mean, it's not like there's 2,000 of them in any given hotel). "You can't hurt yourself". "He can certainly run inside and break tackles, he's a tough runner, he can get tough runs".
Brandon Bolden, known mostly for his work on special teams, also scored a touchdown out of the backfield for the Patriots. "We had to get out of some of our scheme we had with him, some of our zone scheme".
The Titans were coming off a stirring 22-21 comeback win over the Chiefs in last Saturday's AFC wild-card playoffs in Kansas City, as Marcus Mariota rallied Tennessee from a 21-3 halftime deficit with a remarkable second-half performance.
With their 35-14 win, Brady and the Patriots are now one win away from their second straight Super Bowl appearance. Going into the final quarter, it was 28-7 with 4:02 left in the third quarter. The defense allowed three straight touchdown drives to the Patriots offense to close out the half. But, there's no question seeing another Pittsburgh vs New England AFC Championship, especially after their regular season meeting, isn't what all National Football League fans want.