Jan. 13, 2013, at Foxborough, AFC divisional playoff, New England 41, Houston 28: The Patriots ran away from the Texans for the second time in two months to clinch a berth in the AFC Championship game. Shane Vereen shined with three touchdowns for the Patriots, but only after two big injuries befell the offense. Danny Woodhead left after one drive with a hand injury, and Ron Gronkowski reinjured his left forearm and left the game in the first quarter. The Patriots opened up a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter as Tom Brady won his NFL-record 17th career playoff game.
Jan. 20, 2013, at Foxborough, AFC Championship game, Baltimore 28, New England 13: The Ravens overcame a 13-7 halftime deficit with a dominating performance in Foxborough to avenge their AFC title game loss of a year earlier. The Patriots committed three turnovers, all in the fourth quarter, and forced none by the Ravens, which helped accelerate their slide. Joe Flacco threw three touchdowns passes, while Tom Brady (who lost for the first time ever in Foxborough after holding a halftime lead—he had been 67-0) threw one and two interceptions. Aqib Talib left the game early with a leg injury, which hurt the Patriots secondary, a unit that allowed two clutch touchdown catches by Anquan Boldin. The Ravens moved on to play the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
Jan. 11, 2014, at Foxborough, AFC divisional playoff, New England 43, Indianapolis 22: LeGarrette Blount set a new Patriots record with four rushing TDs and 166 yards on the ground as New England pummeled the Colts in the divisional playoffs. Tom Brady didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but didn’t have to with the Patriots scoring six rushing touchdowns.The Patriots picked off Colts QB Andrew Luck four times and overcame a special teams blunder that resulted in a safety and an injury to punter Ryan Allen that required kicker Stephen Gostkowski to punt five times.
Jan. 19, 2014, at Denver, AFC Championship game: Denver 26, New England 16: The margin of victory was 10 points, but the Patriots never seemed to really be in contention as the Peyton Manning-led Broncos eliminated Tom Brady’s team. Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos ripped apart a Patriots defense that was hurt by the loss of Aqib Talib to an injury in the first half. The Patriots had only 3 points until there was 9:26 left to play, when they scored the first of two final quarter touchdowns that would be too little, too late. The Broncos moved on to play the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.