Brady, Patriots advance to 8th straight AFC title game

Chiefs to host Pats; Saints host Rams in NFC

The New England Patriots will play in the AFC championship game for the eighth straight season after beating the Los Angeles Chargers at home 41-28 in the divisional round Sunday.

Tom Brady threw for 343 yards and one touchdown in the victory, while Julian Edelman caught nine passes for a total of 151 yards. Running back Sony Michel provided most of the scoring, racking up 129 rushing yards and scoring three touchdowns.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 25 of 51 passed for 331 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the loss.

The Patriots will next face the Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-13 in Saturday's other AFC divisional game. 

The two teams will face off at 6:40 p.m. ET Sunday in the first AFC championship game held at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, with the winner moving on to Super Bowl LIII.

The Patriots, who are 4-3 in the past seven AFC title games, are seeking their third straight Super Bowl berth and fourth in five seasons. After winning Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 and Super Bowl LI in 2017, they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 in last year's Super Bowl LII.

On the other side of the playoff bracket, the New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC championship game at 3:05 p.m. ET Sunday. The Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 on Saturday and the Saints beat the defending champion Eagles 20-14 on Sunday.

Super Bowl LIII is set for Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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