Patriots Rout Steelers For AFC Title, Reach NFL-Record Ninth Super Bowl


In two weeks, no NFL team will have played in more Super Bowls than the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are going to their league-record ninth Super Bowl after dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

New England will meet the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Falcons routed the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game earlier Sunday.

The Patriots were led Sunday by their passing attack. Quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions.

The Patriots now are 3-0 against the Steelers in AFC title games, and their overall record in AFC Championships with Brady and coach Bill Belichick is 7-4.

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Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jan 22, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown by running back LeGarrette Blount (not pictured) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

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