FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 in the AFC Championship game on Sunday night to reach a record ninth Super Bowl.
New England, which has won nine straight, is advancing to its seventh Super Bowl appearance in the last 15 years.
Brady and the Patriots will now take on the Atlanta Falcons, who defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game earlier on Sunday.
Brady, who will be making his seventh Super Bowl appearance, completed 32-of-42 passes and broke his franchise record after passing for 384 yards and three touchdowns without an interception for New England.
“We won a lot of different ways under a lot of different circumstances,” Brady said. “Mental toughness is what it is all about and this team has got it.
“We’ll see if we can write the perfect ending.”
With the win, Brady has now improved to 5-0 at home against the Steelers and he is hoping to transfer that form against the Falcons in Houston in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
Brady will take a 4-0 record against the Atlanta Falcons into that matchup.
In those four meetings, Brady had completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,193 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception. Money!
Chris Hogan took nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, Julian Edelman took eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots, who jumped out to a 10-0 lead and went into the break with a 17-9 advantage.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 31-of-47 passes for 314 yards and a touchdown against one interception for the Steelers.
“We’ve got to be capable of overcoming those things,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Injuries and so forth are part of the game.
“The reality is we didn’t make enough plays in any of the three phases. The game kind of unfolded in the way they would like it to as opposed to the way we would like it to.
“Not only in score, but in style of play and so forth. We didn’t get a lot accomplished tonight.”
Brady and New England defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in the 2004 Super Bowl to win the Patriots’ second championship title.