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Steelers steamrolled by New England in AFC title game

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 23, 2017 3:22 AM
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New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) looks back as he runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Foxboro) -- The New England Patriots have earned their NFL-record ninth berth in the Super Bowl by slamming the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17 in the AFC championship game.

Tom Brady was 32 of 42 for 384 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, hitting Chris Hogan for touchdown throws of 16 and 34 yards before Julian Edelman's 10-yard scoring grab put New England ahead 33-9 late in the third quarter.

Hogan, a former Penn State lacrosse player, had nine receptions for 180 yards, while Edelman gained 118 on his eight catches.

Pittsburgh finished the game without running back Le'Veon Bell, who suffered a groin injury late in the first quarter.

It was a tough evening for Ben Roethlisberger, who was 31 of 47 for one touchdown and one interception.

His lone TD throw came in the closing minutes.

It will be New England against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 at Houston's Reliant Stadium on February 5.

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