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Sony Michel stars with three touchdowns as Patriots see off Chargers to set up Chiefs clash

The New England Patriots will now face Kansas City next week for a place at the Super Bowl.

Sony Michel celebrates with James Develin after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter.
Sony Michel celebrates with James Develin after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter.
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THE NEW ENGLAND are going to the AFC Championship game for the eighth consecutive year after dominating the Los Angeles Chargers in the divisional round.

Tom Brady and Sony Michel led the five-time champions to a big 41-28 victory on Sunday as the shell-shocked Chargers were blown away in the first half at Gillette Stadium.

Michel helped himself to three touchdowns as the Patriots converted five of their first six drives, with Phillip Dorsett and Rex Burkhead also on the scoresheet.

The Chargers had initially cancelled out the opening score through Keenan Allen and unsuccessfully rallied again in the second half, falling well short despite touchdowns from Melvin Gordon, Virgil Green and Antonio Gates.

Veteran star Brady, who reportedly played through a medial collateral ligament sprain this season, threw 34 of 44 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown for New England.

The Patriots can now prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday for a place at the Super Bowl. We pick out three takeaways from their demolition of the Chargers.

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