BOSTON (CBS) — Another year, another trip to the AFC championship game for the New England Patriots.
Following their 35-14 win over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night, the Patriots will play in their seventh straight conference title game. New England will host the winner of Sunday’s Jacksonville-Pittsburgh game next Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
It marks the 12th time Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will play for a trip to the Super Bowl in their 16 full seasons together.
“It’s pretty incredible to be a part of that. I think the thing is that we don’t really take it for granted around here,” Brady said after the win. “I know how hard it is to get to this game. We’re very blessed to do it. It takes a lot of things, a lot of good fortune, a lot of hard work, but obviously a lot of great blessings. I think our team has proven over the course of the year we can win important games against good teams and we did that tonight and that’s why you keep moving on.”
Brady knows whoever they play next weekend, it won’t be easy.
“The reality of the NFL is what we did this week will have nothing to do with what happens next week,” he added. “We’re going to have to go repeat it, so you’ve got to get right back to work, right back to the process of trying to figure out how to breakdown our opponent. Everyone’s got to feel good physically and mentally and go out there and try to cut it loose one more time in a huge game.”
The Patriots are 3-3 in AFC title games over the last six years and 9-4 overall in franchise history. They’re 6-1 when the game is played in New England.
You can catch next weekend’s AFC Championship game on WBZ-TV — the flagship station of the New England Patriots!