Chris Hogan plays big role in helping Patriots reach Super Bowl

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The Patriots won the AFC Championship Game, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers by a final score of 36-17.

The Falcons seized the National Football Conference title by easily handling the red hot Green Bay Packers 44-21 in a fitting farewell to their home field at the Georgia Dome where they have played in since the 1992 season. New England allowed just 24 sacks during the season. Quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Bob Kraft have been in place for it all.

After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, and his seventh.

A harsh tone for the clash was struck immediately after Pittsburgh beat the Chiefs in last week's playoff game in Kansas City when Brown posted a video of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's clubhouse speech online.

Chris Hogan was his main weapon.

"Not a lot went our way tonight". Not surprisingly, he enjoyed a career-best season with Brady, catching 38 passes for 680 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't play particularly well, and he acknowledged that afterward ... sort of.

"We will be confident for sure", Ryan said following his team's win.

"It's a good group of men".

The New England Patriots make a habit of picking up free agents that help them get to the Super Bowl.

The Steelers are in the biggest game of the season against the number one seed New England Patriots. "It's just one of those things where there's still a little more meat on the bone, and they're going to be standing in the way of it".

Brady and Ryan are the two leading candidates for the MVP award.

The matchup is set for Super Bowl LI.

There was a critical play in the first half, where the Steelers got to the one-foot line, with less than two minutes left.

"No, I mean I didn't even know they won", Belichick said.

"But our ultimate goal is still in front of us".

Despite being suspended for the first four games of the season, Bell still ended the season fifth in the National Football League in rushing yards with 1,268, also punching in seven touchdowns. The league average was 7.24 yards per attempt.

"He's a beast", Ryan said. He was impressive today. "I know he wasn't feeling his best, but he's a warrior".

After the break, it was as you were with Stephen Gostkowski kicking a 47-yard field goal followd by a LaGarette Blount one-yard run and and a a 10-yard touchdown catch by Julian Edelmann following a fumble by Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers.

"I think that pretty much sums it up".

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