The New England Patriots capped a thrilling, unpredictable weekend of football with a very familiar result Sunday night.
It's almost like the Football Gods want the Patriots to play in New Orleans again. The Patriots were slated to be the No. 3 seed in the AFC until the Texans gagged in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts. With the Denver Broncosout of the picture, the Patriots will play host to the AFC Championship Game.
» Their defense was not outstanding, giving up a lot of yardage. But it made enough big plays at key moments to let Brady do the rest.
» No team overcomes injuries like the Patriots. They lost tight end Rob Gronkowski (arm), running back Danny Woodhead (wrist) and defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) during the game. Gronkowski will miss the rest of the playoffs. And yet it really didn't seem to slow down this team. Brady threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns.