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White hauls in 15 catches, Patriots roll past Chargers

The Patriots advanced to their eighth straight conference championship game.

Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional playoffs on Sunday to earn their eighth straight trip to AFC championship game.

Former Wisconsin Badger standout James White tied Darren Sproles' NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards. White's former college teammate Melvin Gordon had a rushing touchdown for the Chargers, but he had only 15 yards on nine carries.

New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week's AFC title game. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Foxborough in Week 6.

It is the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. The Chargers (13-5) haven't reached the AFC title game since the 2007 season.

Brady finished 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown. He improves to 8-0 as a starter against Rivers, who drops to 1-8 against New England all-time.



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