Pa­tri­ots game Charg­ers swept aside

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Scor­ing touch­downs on their first four pos­ses­sions, the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots es­tab­lished a 35-7 half-time lead and cruised to a 41-28 win over the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers in the AFC di­vi­sional round game at Foxboro last night.

The re­sult sends New Eng­land to Kansas City next Sun­day to play for the con­fer­ence ti­tle. The win put the Pa­tri­ots into the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game for an eighth con­sec­u­tive sea­son, an NFL record.

The Pa­tri­ots carved up Los An­ge­les’ de­fence for drives of 83, 67, 58 and 87 yards to start their day, then cashed in a fum­bled punt re­turn for a fifth touch­down just be­fore half­time. Ev­ery as­pect of New Eng­land’s of­fence did its job, with Tom Brady com­plet­ing 34 of 44 passes for 343 yards and a 15-yard scor­ing strike to Phillip Dorsett .

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