We asked 10 of our ESPN NFL specialists to submit a postseason bracket and predict the winners for each match, from wild-card weekend all the way through the Super Bowl.
Teams needed to get a bulk of our specialists’ votes to carry on to the next round, and we reset the bracket after each round. Here’s how the bracket wound up, with analysis from our group of specialists
No. 3 New England Patriots vs. No. 6 Tennessee Titans
Our forecast: Patriots (8 votes) over Titans (2 )
Kevin Seifert, nationwide NFL author: The Titans franchise hasn’t won at New England considering that 1993, when the team was referred to as the Houston Oilers. Because then, the Oilers/Titans are 0-6 in the state of Massachusetts, including the playoffs. The Patriots are 19 -3 all time in the postseason at Gillette Stadium. And at least, this year’s Titans team is untried against good groups on the road. It played just one road challenger that completed the season with a winning record: the Houston Texans, who rested a number of their crucial players on Sunday in the Titans’ 35-14 success. While the Patriots have actually had some battles this season, and the Titans are 7-3 because raising quarterback Ryan Tannehill, there are plenty of reasons to suggest a success for the home group.