FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who take into accout the Patriots are nearing the close of their flee of exceptional playoff success.
New England took its first step in the direction of maybe silencing those voices for reasonably longer.
Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers forty one-28 within the divisional playoffs on Sunday to originate their eighth straight time out to the AFC championship sport.
New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in subsequent week’s convention title sport. The Patriots beat the Chiefs Forty three-Forty in Foxborough in Week 6. The Patriots completed 9-zero at dwelling this season.
It’s the Thirteenth convention championship sport look by the Patriots for the duration of the Tom Brady-Invoice Belichick generation.
“It’s going to be a appropriate sport,” Brady said of the rematch with the Chiefs. “They’re a appropriate crew. We played them earlier this 365 days. I know every person thinks we suck and, , we are in a position to’t procure any games, so we’ll gaze. It’ll be enjoyable.”
The Chargers (Thirteen-5) haven’t reached the AFC title sport for the reason that 2007 season.
Philip Rivers completed 25 of fifty one for 331 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He is zero-5 in games played in Foxborough, along side zero-Three within the postseason.
Brady completed 34 of Forty Four for 343 yards and a touchdown. He improves to eight-zero as a starter against Rivers, who drops to 1-eight against New England all-time.
For Rivers, seeing Brady all all over again grab apart the Chargers protection modified into one more reminder that he modified into competing against surely one of basically the most traditional quarterbacks in NFL history.
“He’s up there if not the all-time effective, then surely one of,” Rivers said. “That argument can bound on without kill. Became as soon as he rolling at the perfect level this day? I suspect we are in a position to all agree on that.”
James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason represent with 15 catches, totaling ninety seven yards.
New England scored on its first Four possessions of the sport to design a 35-7 halftime lead.
Julian Edelman had nine catches for 151 yards. He said the flee sport spread out the sphere for the rest of the offense.
“It modified into awesome to uncover Sony available trucking,” said Edelman. “Rex (Burkhead) modified into available, he scored. And ‘Candy Feet’ (James White) being ‘Candy Feet’. Sony’s over there being reasonably horse. It modified into awesome.”
The Chargers added three touchdowns within the second half of, but it modified into mighty too late.
Los Angeles lost for goal the second time on the avenue (eight-2) and first time outdoors Los Angeles this season. Of their previous Four journeys to the playoffs, the Chargers have lost within the divisional round.
“We acquired our butts kicked,” Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn said.
Rivers gave the impact poised to preserve Los Angeles within the sport, connecting with Keenan Allen for a Forty three-yard rep on Los Angeles’ first offensive possession. It modified into the longest touchdown of Allen’s profession, along side the postseason.
It turned out to be only a blip. The Chargers punted the Four varied conditions they had the ball within the first half of.
The Patriots were atmosphere agreeable for the duration of the opening 30 minutes, going 5-for-5 within the pink zone, 5 of 6 on third down and committing entirely one penalty.
New England didn’t bound three-and-out for the first time except its fifth offensive touch of the day when it punted with Three:32 left within the second quarter.
Nonetheless Ryan Allen’s forty eight-yard punt modified into fumbled by Desmond King, sending the ball rolling in the direction of the sideline. The referees ruled the ball went out of bounds sooner than New England’s Albert McClellan perceived to increase it. Nonetheless the play modified into reversed after a bellow by Invoice Belichick.
The turnover proved costly, with the Patriots scoring goal Four plays later when Michel crossed the goal line from 5 yards out for his third touchdown of the half of.
Asked if this victory proved not lower than one of the Patriots’ doubters defective, Brady paused and smiled.
“I goal love a success,” he said. “I goal love a success.”