New England Patriots defeat Tennessee Titans, 40-23

That didn't feel like 12-4, did it?

Was it the three losses at home? Was it the feeling that, on two of those occasions, the Patriots appeared to be outclassed by Denver and Indianapolis? Or is it the fact that we all have been understandably spoiled by their ongoing success? Whatever. But guess what? They are 12-4, and that's something to celebrate.

For everyone but the coach, anyway. I don't have to tell you how completely blasé Bill Belichick was after his team st...

Safety Rodney Harrison walked out of LP Field under his own power yesterday, but he didn't reveal the severity of the right leg injury he sustained in the second quarter.

"I can't talk," Harrison said as he walked past a group of reporters.

Harrison was on the receiving end of a cut block from Titans receiver Bobby Wade early in the second quarter. He left the field under his own power, and watched some action from the bench area before leaving for the locker room, p...

The Tennessee Titans like to play on the edge. Yesterday they nearly pushed the Patriots over it.

New England had been warned about a penchant that too many of the young Titans have for pushing, shoving, trash talking, late hitting, and generally being irritating to their opponents in every way. But it is one thing to hear about such things and quite another to get drilled in the back or hit while innocently standing 10 yards away from a nearly dead play. Have such thin...

It should have been a moment to feel good about, the finishing touches put on a 12-4 season, the Patriots entering the playoffs on a winning note.

And while coach Bill Belichick was indeed proud of his team following yesterday's 40-23 victory over the Titans -- and noted that the Patriots' goals remain ahead in the playoffs, starting Sunday against the New York Jets (1 p.m.) -- he also was seething. Big time.

The focus of his wrath was Titans receiver Bobby Wade, who...