Brady sets wins mark as Patriots dominate Texans

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.

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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.

If Brady can lead the Patriots past the Baltimore Ravens in next Sunday's conference title game, then win the Super Bowl, he'll equal the Hall of Famer's four NFL championships.

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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