Death. Texas. The New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
Tom Brady dissected the Los Angeles Chargers for 343 yards and a touchdown while rookie Sony Michel rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns in his first playoff game as New England cruised to a 41-28 victory at Gilette Stadium Sunday to set up a showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend.
With the win, the Patriots extended their own NFL record by reaching their eighth consecutive conference championship game. They’re 4-3 in the previous seven matchups over this remarkable run but lost both games that were played on the road — to Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium.
In closing out a perfect 9-0 season at home, the Patriots offense was at its high-powered best in the first half. New England scored on its first four possessions en route to a 35-7 halftime lead, rendering the second 30 minutes extended garbage time.
By contrast, the Chargers offense went as cold as the kickoff temperatures after Philip Rivers found Keenan Allen for a 43-yard touchdown on the visitors’ opening possession. Los Angeles did not cross midfield until late in the third quarter, when Rivers engineered the first of three second-half touchdown drives that helped to make the score more respectable.
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