FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat the Houston Texans 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC Championship Game.
Brady got his 17th victory, surpassing his childhood hero, Joe Montana, by throwing for 344 yards. Seldom-used running back Shane Vereen scored three times, twice on receptions.
The Patriots and Ravens are meeting for the AFC title for the second consecutive year. Baltimore, which stunned top-seeded Denver in double overtime Saturday, lost 23-20 at Gillette Stadium last January.
The Texans performed far better than in a 42-14 loss here last month. But they couldn't slow down Brady.
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