The win was also special for Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, who earned his first win against his former mentor and Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick. The Pats' head coach has now dropped games against two of his former assistants this season, as he also fell to Matt Patricia in Detroit. Vrbael was facing his former team for the first time after winning three Super Bowls in New England.
The Titans had the advantage by hounding Tom Brady all day long, sacking him three times, along with multiple other hits, which led to him getting pulled later in the game. Brian Hoyer took over under center midway through the fourth quarter after the Patriots gave up the most sacks in a game this season. This took place in Brady's 300th career game, which has him only behind Brett Favre for most games played, as the former Green Bay Packer great played in 326 games.
Marcus Mariota had two touchdown passes on the day, this on each of the first two possessions of the day, while Ryan Succop added two field goals for the Titans, who improved to 5-4 on the season. They jumped out to a 17-3 lead on this day and have now beaten both of last season's Super Bowl teams on their home field.
The loss for the Patriots snaps their streak against the Titans that dates back to December 16th, 2002, a streak that included a 35-14 win in last season's playoffs. The Pats have a 1.5-game lead on the Miami Dolphins and will visit the New York Jets next week. The Titans will hit the road against the Indianapolis Colts, who are a game under .500 after a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.