FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ The Roman Empire fell at the hands of the Visigoths early in the fifth century.
In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan helped to preside over the fall of the Soviet Union.
Saturday night, the Tennessee Titans just may have hastened the possible end of the greatest dynasty in modern pro football history with their 20-13 victory over Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
Brady can become a free agent on March 18 after 20 years in a Patriots uniform, and for the first time in that two-decade span, many reporters and insiders close to the Pats believe there is a real chance that Brady and Belichick could be headed for a divorce after 11 straight division title and six Super Bowl victories.
Could it be that the Titans were the team that drove the final wedge between the two with Saturday night’s AFC Wild-Card win that sends the Patriots home for the off-season and the Titans on to Baltimore to face the challenge of slowing down Lamar Jackson and the Ravens?
Neither Brady nor Belichick were overly talkative about the future in the aftermath of the loss.
“Right now we just finished the game,” Belichick said in his postgame press conference, “so we’re focused on this game.”
As for Brady, he wouldn’t speculate either on his future, other than to say retirement was “hopefully unlikely.”
As for his future, Brady said, “I don’t want to get too much into the future and stuff. I mean, this team has fought hard. We battled every day, we tried to get better, we worked hard to improve and I was proud to be a part of this team. Not only this year, but every year. Again, I just don’t know what’s going to happen, and I’m not going to predict it. No one needs to make choices at this point. I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I’ve loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of gams. I don’t know what it looks like moving forward, so we’ll just take it day-by-day.”
Meanwhile, the Titans who may end up being a footnote in pro football history when the Patriot dynasty’s epitaph is written, were expecting to come into Gillette Stadium and give a good account of themselves.
“We challenged them. We didn’t back down,” said Titans cornerback Logan Ryan, himself a winner of two Super Bowls as a Patriot. “Hats off to Bill, Tom, Julian (Edelman), thos guys. It’s hard to do here. I know. I’ve been on that side, so I know how hard it is to do. I don’t know if its’ hit us yet, it’s hard to do here. We believed we could.”
And in the process with that win, the Titans may have ended the greatest coach-quarterback combination the NFL maybe has ever seen.
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