The New England Patriots were all business in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick led the Patriots to an easy 45-7 win in a very rainy Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Brady threw for 265 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception in the win and passed Peyton Manning for the most passing yards in postseason history (7,017).
"I know we've had some ups and downs this year," Brady said, "but right now we're up, baby, and we're going to try to stay up for one more game."
The Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl for the sixth time since 2001. They will face the defending Super Bowl champions, Seattle Seahawks, Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
New England got a nice push from LeGarrette Blount, who they got from the Steelers late in the season. He had 30 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
The game was still manageable for the Colts at half, who, despite getting dominated in the first half, kept it to a 17-7 score. But the Patriots came back from halftime and scored touchdowns in their first four possessions of the second half.
For the Colts and Andrew Luck, the struggles against the Patriots continue. Luck is 0-4 in his career against them, losing all of them by at least three touchdowns.
"It's a very disappointing loss," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. "We'll learn from this. We'll grow from this."
Luck has made the playoffs in his first three years as the Colts’ starting quarterback and has advanced further every year, but can’t seem to get over the hump that are the Patriots.
"My play wasn't up to par to give you a chance to beat a great team," Luck said.
The Patriots will now match up against the best defense in the league in the Super Bowl and will try to win their first Lombardi Trophy since the 2004-05 season.