Michel has 3 TDs, Pa­tri­ots roll past Charg­ers

New Eng­land will visit Kansas City next Sun­day for a trip to the Su­per Bowl

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FOXBOR­OUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady rec­og­nizes that there are some who be­lieve the Pa­tri­ots are near­ing the end of their run of un­prece­dented play­off suc­cess.

New Eng­land took its first step to­ward pos­si­bly si­lenc­ing those voices for a lit­tle longer.

Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touch­downs and the Pa­tri­ots beat the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers 41-28 in the di­vi­sional play­offs on Sun­day to earn their eighth straight trip to the AFC cham­pi­onship game.

New Eng­land (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week’s AFC ti­tle game. The Pa­tri­ots beat the Chiefs 4340 in Foxbor­ough in Week 6. The Pa­tri­ots fin­ished 9-0 at home this sea­son.

Pa­tri­ots 41 Charg­ers 28

It is the 13th con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game ap­pear­ance by the Pa­tri­ots dur­ing the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

“It’s go­ing to be a good game,” Brady said of the re­match with the Chiefs. “They’re a good team. We played them ear­lier this year. I know ev­ery­body thinks we suck and, you know, we can’t win any games, so we’ll see. It’ll be fun.”

The Charg­ers (13-5) haven’t reached the AFC ti­tle game since the 2007 sea­son.

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NEW ENG­LAND PA­TRI­OTS run­ning back Sony Michel heads for the goal line and his sec­ond touch­down dur­ing the first half of a di­vi­sional play­off foot­ball game against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers, Sun­day in Foxbor­ough, Mass.

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