Patriots rout Steelers, head to record 9th Super Bowl

The Patriots are headed to an NFL record 9th Super Bowl after routing the Steelers 36-17 in the AFC Championship Game Sunday. 

QB Tom Brady went 32-42 for a franchise playoff record 384 yards and three TD passes, 2 to Chris Hogan (franchise record 180 yards) and 1 Julian Edelman (118 yards). LeGarrette Blount also ran for a touchdown. 

The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons, who defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.  The Patriots will be trying to win the team's fifth Super Bowl Championship in the 7th time that Brady and head coach Bill Belichick's trip to the Super Bowl. 

The Steelers lost RB Le'Veon Bell with a groin injury in the first half while the Patriots held WR Antonio Brown to just 7 catches for 77 yards.  QB Ben Roethlisberger went 31-47, 314 yards and 1 TD.  Bell said after the game that he had dealing with that injury for several weeks.

New England has opened as a 3-point favorite in Super Bowl LI. 

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