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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:00 am

New England 35 Tennessee 14

Patriots cruise to shot at AFC title

KYLE HIGHTOWER | Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game.

New England (14-3) will host the winner of Sunday's divisional matchup between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.

It was Brady's 10th career postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.

The Titans (10-8) took an early 7-0 lead, but New England scored 35 straight points to take control.

Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but was under duress for most of the second half. He was sacked eight times, a Patriots playoff record.

Note: Rob Gronkowski is now third on the NFL's all-time list for postseason receiving yards by a tight end.

Gronkowski caught a 27-yard pass from Brady midway through the third quarter to give him 815 yards receiving in his career.

That passed Shannon Sharpe for No. 3 on the career list. Dallas Clark is first with 847 yards.