Sports Patriots demolish Titans to reach 7th straight AFC Championship Game

07:43  14 january  2018
07:43  14 january  2018 Source:   theScore

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Instead, the New England Patriots kept their foot on the gas after taking a two-score lead into halftime and downed the Titans 35-14 at Gillette Stadium to clinch their seventh straight AFC Championship Game appearance. Bleacher Report @BleacherReport.

Two things have been consistent for Patriots over the past decade: Tom Brady and reaching the AFC championship game . The Patriots ’ 40-year-old quarterback will try to lead his team to a place in its seventh straight conference title game when it hosts the Titans .

a football player wearing a helmet © Elsa / Getty Images Sport / Getty FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game.

New England (14-3) will host the winner of Sunday's divisional matchup between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.

It was Brady's 10th career postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.

The Titans (10-8) took an early 7-0 lead, but New England scored 35 straight points to take control.

Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but was under duress for most of the second half. He was sacked eight times, a Patriots playoff record.

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Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7 .
<p>Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles made big play after big play Sunday night, winning the NFC title in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings.</p>BOX SCORE:  EAGLES 38, VIKINGS 7


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