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The top-seeded New England Patriots will host the sixth home playoff game in club history when they welcome the fifth-seeded Tennessee Titans to Foxborough on Saturday night.

The top-seeded New England Patriots will host the sixth home playoff game in club history when they welcome the fifth-seeded Tennessee Titans to Foxborough on Saturday night. In their first playoff game at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots will see a familiar foe in the Titans, who last paid a visit to New England on Oct. 5, 2003. In that game, the Patriots prevailed in a 38-30 shootout, the first win in a franchise-record 12-game winning streak to end the 2003 regular season with an NFL-leading 14-2 record.

The Patriots will participate in their first playoff game since their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI, and have compiled a 6-3 record in the playoffs since 1996. While the Patriots are coming off of a first-round bye, the Titans are fresh off of a 20-17 win at Baltimore in the Wild Card Round that punched their ticket to Foxborough. Like the Patriots, the Titans have enjoyed recent postseason prosperity, having won the AFC Championship in 1999 and reached the conference championship last season. With a berth in this year's AFC Championship at stake, the Patriots will face their toughest challenge to date.

TELEVISION: This week's game will be televised by CBS. The game can be seen locally on WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston. Greg Gumbel will handle the play-by-play duties and Phil Simms will provide analysis. Armen Keteyian will provide reports from the sidelines throughout the game.

RADIO: WBCN 104.1 FM is the flagship station for the Patriots Rock Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Gil Santos is in his 27th season as the voice of the Patriots and calls the action along with Patriots Hall of Famer Gino Cappelletti. In 2003, Santos and Cappelletti celebrate their 20th season as a broadcast tandem.

NATIONAL RADIO: This week's game will be broadcast nationally by CBS Radio. Brad Sham will call the play-by-play, and he will be joined in the booth by analyst Kellen Winslow. John Dockery will report from the sidelines.

The Patriots finished 8-0 at Gillette Stadium this season, recording the first undefeated home season in team history. New England is 17-3 in its last 20 home games. The Patriots are 4-1 at home in the playoffs.

The Patriots ended the 2003 regular season with a 12-game winning streak to finish the season at 14-2. The streak is tied for the third longest season-ending winning streak in NFL history. Every other NFL team to end a season with 12 or more consecutive wins has advanced to play for the league championship. Only three teams in league history have ended a season with more consecutive wins than the Patriots, and only one team has done so in the last 30 years (Denver, 1998). The first 11 wins in the Patriots' streak were all by 14 points or fewer, making them the first team in league history to win so many games by such a narrow margin.


WinsTeam, YearPlayoff Result
14Miami, 1972Won Super Bowl VII
13Chicago, 1934Lost in NFL Championship Game
Denver, 1998Won Super Bowl XXXIII
12New England, 2003
Minnesota, 1969Lost Super Bowl IV
Chicago, 1985Won Super Bowl XX

The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans will play for the second time in the playoffs and for the 37th time overall. The teams last tangled on Oct. 5 at Gillette Stadium, with the Patriots winning a 38-30 shootout. The series between the teams dates back to the days of the Boston Patriots and Houston Oilers of the American Football League. The Patriots have an overall lead in the all-time series, holding a 19-16-1 advantage. The teams played twice each year from 1960-1969 in the AFL, and have played 15 times since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. In those 15 post-merger games, the Patriots have a 9-6 record. The Patriots have had significant recent success against the Titans in Foxborough, coming out on the winning end six of the last seven times the Titans have traveled to New England. The other time the teams met in the playoffs, the Oilers spoiled the Patriots' first home playoff game in club history with a 31-14 win in the 1978 Divisional Round.


1960-Houston 24, at Boston 10 -14BU Field
at Houston 37, Boston 21 -16Jeppesen Stadium
1961-at Boston 31, Houston 31 tieBU Field
at Houston 27, Boston 15 -12Jeppesen Stadium
1962-at Boston 34, Houston 21 13BU Field
at Houston 21, Boston 17 -4Jeppesen Stadium
1963-at Boston 45, Houston 3 42Fenway Park
Boston 46, at Houston 28 18Jeppesen Stadium
1964-at Boston 25, Houston 24 1Fenway Park
Boston 34, at Houston 17 17Jeppesen Stadium
1965-at Houston 31, Boston 10 -21Rice Stadium
at Boston 42, Houston 14 28Fenway Park
1966-at Boston 27, Houston 21 6Fenway Park
Boston 38, at Houston 14 24Rice Stadium
1967-at Boston 18, Houston 7 11Fenway Park
at Houston 27, Boston 6 -21Rice Stadium
1968-Houston 16, at Boston 0 -16Fenway Park
at Houston 45, Boston 17 -28Houston Astrodome
1969-at Boston 24, Houston 0 24B.C. Alumni Stadium
at Houston 27, Boston 23 -4Houston Astrodome
1971-at NE 28, Houston 20 8Schaefer Stadium
1973-NE 32, at Houston 0 32Houston Astrodome
1975-Houston 7, at NE 0 -7Schaefer Stadium
1978-Houston 26, at NE 23 -3Schaefer Stadium
*Houston 31, at NE 14 -17Schaefer Stadium
1980-at Houston 38, NE 34 -4Houston Astrodome
1981-at NE 38, Houston 10 28Schaefer Stadium
1982-at NE 29, Houston 21 8Schaefer Stadium
1987-NE 21, at Houston 7 14Houston Astrodome
1988-at Houston 31, NE 6 -25Houston Astrodome
1989-at NE 23, Houston 13 10Foxboro Stadium
1991-at NE 24, Houston 20 4Foxboro Stadium
1993-Houston 28, at NE 14-14Foxboro Stadium
1998-at NE 27, Tennessee 16 11Foxboro Stadium
2002-at Tennessee 24, NE 7-17The Coliseum
2003-at NE 38, Tennessee 30 8Gillette Stadium
*AFC Divisional Playoff

Overall Record in Series 19 wins, 16 losses, 1 tie
Record in Postseason 0 wins, 1 loss
Total Points Patriots 841, Titans/Oilers 757
Record in New England 14 wins, 6 losses, 1 tie
Record in Houston 5 wins, 9 losses
Record in Tennessee 0 wins, 1 loss


2003 Regular SeasonNew EnglandTennessee
Divisional Standings1st2nd
Total Yards Gained5,0395,501
Total Offense (Rank)314.9 (17)343.8 (8)
Rush Offense100.4 (27)101.4 (26)
Pass Offense214.5 (9)242.4 (5)
Points Per Game21.827.2
Total Yards Allowed4,6664,901
Total Defense291.6 (7)306.3 (12)
Rush Defense89.6 (4)80.9 (1)
Pass Defense202.0 (15)225.4 (30)
Points Allowed/Game14.920.3
Possession Avg.30:5032:52
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost32/21925/153
Sacks Made/Yards41/25338/223
Interceptions By2921
Penalties Against/Yards111/998110/887
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio 17 13
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