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Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Tennessee Titans to the win over the New England Patriots.

1:42 | November 11, 2018 | Football, New England Patriots, NFL, Tennessee Titans

Game Information
Location: Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 69,363

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume.

The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn't finish his 300th game by hitting him over and over again.

The Titans sacked Brady three times and hit him six more times as they beat New England 34-10 Sunday, snapping a seven-game skid against the Patriots in Mike Vrabel's first game as head coach against the team he helped win three Super Bowls.

It was the most sacks allowed in a game this season by the Patriots (7-3), and coach Bill Belichick pulled Brady for Brian Hoyer midway through the fourth quarter.

"You got to make Tom blink, and if you make him blink and have to go to a second read you got a chance," Vrabel said of his former teammate. "But if you let him rip it to the first guy he looks at, it's going to be a long day."

Asked if he thought Brady was effective, Belichick said to ask Brady.

"It was just a bad day for all of us," Brady said.

Only Brett Favre (326) has played in more games, both regular season and postseason, as a quarterback than Brady. The three-time NFL MVP also needed only three touchdown passes to tie Peyton Manning (579) for the NFL record for most TD passes all time for both the regular season and postseason.

Brady left having thrown for 254 yards and no TD passes. The Titans outgained the Patriots 385-284, holding New England to just 40 yards rushing. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who had 1 1/2 sacks, said that allowed them to get after Brady.

"Coach Vrabel said make them pay for everything," Woodyard said. "Tackle him, hit him and make him feel it."

Marcus Mariota capped each of the first two drives with TD passes, and Derrick Henry ran for a pair of TDs. Ryan Succop also added two field goals as the Titans (5-4) scored a season high in points after jumping out to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter. They now have beaten both of last season's Super Bowl teams in Nashville.

The loss snaps a six-game winning streak going into New England's bye. The Patriots, who routed the Titans 35-14 in January, also lost to Tennessee for the first time since Dec. 16, 2002.

Darius Jennings opened the game with a 58-yard kickoff return, and Mariota capped the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Jonnu Smith. The Titans never trailed again.

The Titans came in with the NFL's stingiest scoring defense and also leading the league in fewest touchdowns allowed in the red zone. They held the Patriots to a pair of 52-yard field-goal attempts by Stephen Gostkowski, who missed his second wide left. James Develin scored on a 1-yard TD run early in the second, which pulled New England within 17-10.

Brady looked ready to pull off another amazing comeback, driving the Pats to the Titans 37. The Titans stopped Brady a yard shy of the first down after catching a pass from Julian Edelman. A false start followed, then Logan Ryan, a former New England cornerback, broke up a Brady pass to Edelman to turn the ball over.

On the very next play, Vrabel called his own trick play with Jennings throwing to a wide-open Mariota for a 21-yard gain.

Hoyer replaced Brady on the next drive.

EX-PATS CONNECTIONS

Tennessee fired coach Mike Mularkey after the January playoff loss and hired Vrabel to try to recreate the Patriots' winning ways with the Titans. Vrabel hired Dean Pees, a former Patriots linebackers coach and defensive coordinator, as his defensive coordinator. General manager Jon Robinson, who started in New England, signed cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis in free agency.

"That's what happens when you go cheap," Lewis said. "You get your (expletive) kicked."

RARE BRADY CATCH

Brady's catch was just the third of his career and first since Dec. 6, 2015, when he caught a 36-yarder from Danny Amendola against Philadelphia. At 41, Brady became the oldest player with a catch since Jerry Rice had 30 at the age of 42. Brady slipped at the end and said he didn't know what happened.

"It was `fish out of water,"' Brady said.

Mariota also has three receptions, including catching his own pass in the playoffs last January. Vrabel said Mariota got up faster than Brady did. Mariota said he had one thought on his reception: "Just catch it."

INJURIES

Patriots left tackle Trent Brown missed the final drive of the first half and was announced as questionable to return because of illness. LaAdrian Waddle replaced him for that series, but Brown returned for the first start of the third quarter. Brown left later in the third quarter with an injured back. Edelman hurt an ankle and didn't return. Tight end Dwayne Allen also hurt a knee in the third quarter.

Titans running back David Fluellen picked up 16 yards on back-to-back runs, then went down untouched on the next play with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Patriots: Bye, then visit Jets on Nov. 25.

Titans: Visit Indianapolis.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Titans
11:29 Jonnu Smith 4 yd pass from Marcus Mariota (Ryan Succop kick) 0 7
09:19 Stephen Gostkowski 52 yd FG 3 7
05:58 Corey Davis 23 yd pass from Marcus Mariota (Ryan Succop kick) 3 14
02:35 Ryan Succop 33 yd FG 3 17

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Titans
12:49 James Develin 1 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 10 17
01:09 Derrick Henry 1 yd run (Ryan Succop kick) 10 24

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Titans
04:15 Ryan Succop 31 yd FG 10 27

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Titans
07:13 Derrick Henry 10 yd run (Ryan Succop kick) 10 34

Team Stats
  New England Tennessee
1st Downs 16 23
Total Yards 284 385
Passing 244 235
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-43 17-25
Yards/Pass 5.3 8.7
Rushing 40 150
Rushing Attempts 19 36
Yards/Rush 2.1 4.2
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 27:03 32:57

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tom Brady 21 41 254 6.2 0 0
Brian Hoyer 1 1 7 7.0 0 0
Julian Edelman 1 1 6 6.0 0 0

Tennessee Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Marcus Mariota 16 24 228 9.5 2 0
Darius Jennings 1 1 21 21.0 0 0

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Sony Michel 11 31 2.8 0 7
Cordarrelle Patterson 4 11 2.8 0 9
Brian Hoyer 1 2 2.0 0 2
James Develin 1 1 1.0 1 1
Tom Brady 1 0 0.0 0 0
James White 1 -5 -5.0 0 -5

Tennessee Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Derrick Henry 11 58 5.3 2 14
Dion Lewis 20 57 2.9 0 12
Marcus Mariota 2 21 10.5 0 20
David Fluellen 3 14 4.7 0 13

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Julian Edelman 9 104 11.6 0 30
Josh Gordon 4 81 20.2 0 44
James White 5 31 6.2 0 11
Phillip Dorsett 2 18 9.0 0 11
Jacob Hollister 1 17 17.0 0 17
Dwayne Allen 1 10 10.0 0 10
Tom Brady 1 6 6.0 0 6
Chris Hogan 0 0 0.0 0

Tennessee Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Corey Davis 7 125 17.9 1 27
Jonnu Smith 3 45 15.0 1 29
Cameron Batson 2 36 18.0 0 26
Marcus Mariota 1 21 21.0 0 21
Dion Lewis 2 11 5.5 0 8
Anthony Firkser 1 11 11.0 0 11
Darius Jennings 1 0 0.0 0 0
Tajae Sharpe 0 0 0.0 0

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Lawrence Guy 5 0 0 0
Kyle Van Noy 5 7 0 0
Stephon Gilmore 4 0 1 7
Elandon Roberts 4 2 1 7
Devin McCourty 4 0 0 0
Duron Harmon 3 0 0 0
Dont'a Hightower 3 1 0 0
Malcom Brown 2 4 0 0
Patrick Chung 2 2 0 0
Trey Flowers 2 2 0 0
Jason McCourty 2 0 0 0
Danny Shelton 2 0 0 0
Deatrich Wise Jr. 2 3 0 0
J.C. Jackson 1 0 0 0
Jonathan Jones 1 0 0 0
Adam Butler 0 1 0 0
Keionta Davis 0 1 0 0
James Develin 0 0 0 0
Nate Ebner 0 0 0 0
Brandon King 0 0 0 0
Albert McClellan 0 0 0 0
John Simon 0 1 0 0

Tennessee Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Wesley Woodyard 7 3 1.5 13
Logan Ryan 5 1 1 7
Malcolm Butler 3 1 0 0
Kevin Byard 3 1 0 0
Jurrell Casey 3 1 0 0
Adoree' Jackson 3 0 0 0
Brian Orakpo 3 0 0 0
Kenny Vaccaro 3 2 0 0
Daren Bates 2 0 0 0
Sharif Finch 2 0 0 0
Jayon Brown 1 3 0.5 2
Rashaan Evans 1 1 0 0
Austin Johnson 1 2 0 0
DaQuan Jones 1 0 0 0
Darius Kilgo 1 0 0 0
Harold Landry 1 0 0 0
Bennie Logan 1 0 0 0
Beau Brinkley 0 0 0 0
LeShaun Sims 0 0 0 0
Brynden Trawick 0 0 0 0

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Tennessee Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cordarrelle Patterson 3 74 24.7 0 31

Tennessee Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darius Jennings 2 78 39.0 0 58

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Julian Edelman 2 30 15.0 0 18

Tennessee Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adoree' Jackson 3 42 14.0 0 15

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Gostkowski 1 2 50.0 52

Tennessee Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ryan Succop 2 2 100.0 33

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 6 298 66

Tennessee Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brett Kern 5 241 55