Time for the dagger. On the first play after the failed fourth and 1, Brady feathered a 33-yard touchdown pass into the arms of Shane Vereen to make it 38-13.
“I think we’re going to be in it,’’ said Brady, who won his NFL-QB record 17th playoff wgame. “We have a lot of tough guys. We made some key plays when we needed to. I’ve been fortunate to play on some great teams over the years. I never take it for granted. I think the two best teams are in the finals. Baltimore deserves to be there and so do we.’’
“We know Baltimore’s tough,’’ said Belichick. “We had a great game with them down there earlier in the season.’’
Amazing. The Patriots are one victory from the Super Bowl and all they had to do was beat the Houston Texans. New England is 7-1 all time in the AFC Championship game.
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