Michel has 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers
New England will visit Kansas City next Sunday for a trip to the Super Bowl
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.
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.