Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will advance to their fifth straight AFC Championship Game after a 27-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady was as good as ever while totaling 302 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to go with zero turnovers. It helped to finally have his targets at full strength as Rob Gronkowski finished with seven catches for 83 yards and two scores while Julian Edelman added 10 catches for 100 receiving yards.
With Justin Houston barely on the field for the Chiefs, the defense couldn't create a pass rush and finished with zero sacks.
Kansas City's offense struggled as well with Jeremy Maclin dealing with an ankle injury. Alex Smith needed 50 pass attempts to total 246 passing yards and just one touchdown. He added 44 rushing yards and made some impressive plays with his legs, but it was not enough to keep up on the scoreboard.
The loss snaps an 11-game winning streak for the Chiefs coming into the day.
New England will face either the Denver Broncos or Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.