FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ Tom Brady was almost perfect. The
Patriots still are.
Their poised and prolific quarterback knocked another mark out
of the books in their record-breaking season. He completed all but
two of his 28 passes to lead New England to its second straight AFC
championship game with a 31-20 victory over the Jacksonville
The Patriots pulled away in the second half to improve to 17-0.
They matched the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The only team to go unbeaten
from the first game of the season through the Super Bowl.
Two more wins and the Patriots will join them _ much to the
chagrin of some of those Dolphins who cling to their no longer
Just one more win next Sunday at Gillette Stadium will put the
Patriots back in the Super Bowl for the first time in three years
after three championships in the previous four years. They'll face
the winner of Sunday's game between San Diego and Indianapolis,
which beat New England in last year's AFC title game.
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