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Rout in the Snow- New England beats Tennessee 59-0

It is the worst defeat in Titan/Houston Oiler franchise history. From AP-

Record-setting Tom Brady threw six touchdown passes and the New England Patriots sent the hapless Tennessee Titans plummeting to a new low in their winless season with a 59-0 win on a snowy Sunday.

Five of those passes came in the second quarter, an NFL mark for one period. The six touchdown throws tied Brady’s own Patriots record. And the 59-point margin matched the largest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the Los Angeles Rams’ 59-0 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1976.

The Titans took their worst loss since they began play in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, eclipsing the 61-7 setback to Cincinnati in 1989.

The Patriots were up 45-0 at halftime. That didn’t stop New England coach Bill Bellichick from sending QB Tom Brady back out to play in the second half. Has Belichick lost his mind? The game is won and he is putting at risk one of the NFL’s most valuable properties.

A serious question. What is the cause of the huge turnaround in Nashville? Last year saw Tennessee go 13-3. They are 0-6. The departure of Albert Haynesworth was a big loss for the team, but one player of his caliber leaving wouldn’t seem likely to cause this big a reversal for an NFL team. If there are any Titan fans out there with a theory of their own, I’d love to hear it.

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