AFC Championship: Patriots 36, Steelers 17

Bill Belichick embraced Tom Brady after the game.

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Bill Belichick embraced Tom Brady after securing a Super Bowl LI berth.

LeGarrette Blount hoisted the Lamar Hunt Trophy as Patriots fans joined in celebrating New England’s AFC title.

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LeGarrette Blount hoisted the Lamar Hunt Trophy as fans celebrated.

Tom Brady pointed at his teammates while celebrating New England’s win in the AFC title game.

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Brady pointed at his teammates after securing another AFC title.

Bill Belichick shook hands with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin after the game.

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Belichick shook hands with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin after the game.

Patriots fans in the Gillette Stadium stands seemed eager to make the trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

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Fans seemed eager to make the trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

Tom Brady and Chris Hogan celebrated after connecting on a touchdown pass in the second quarter.

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Brady and Chris Hogan celebrated a second quarter touchdown.

LeGarrette Blount celebrated his third-quarter touchdown.

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Blount was excited after his third quarter touchdown.

LeGarrette Blount celebrated a third-quarter touchdown.

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Blount dropped the ball on the turf after scoring.

Rob Ninkovich recovered a fumble in the third quarter.

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Rob Ninkovich recovered a fumble in the third quarter.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seemed to show some frustration in the third quarter.

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appeared to be frustrated.

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Hogan tried to stay inbounds after making a reception.

Tom Brady dove forward during a quarterback sneak in the third quarter.

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Brady dove forward during a quarterback sneak in the third quarter.

Chris Hogan (left) celebrated his touchdown with teammate Danny Amendola in the first quater.

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Hogan (left) celebrated a touchdown with teammate Danny Amendola.

Gillette Stadium was awash in the glow of pyrotechnics before the start of the AFC Championship game.

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Gillette Stadium was awash in the glow of pyrotechnics before kickoff.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

For this Super Bowl, history and revenge are on tap

The game on Feb. 5 is an opportunity to make Roger Goodell swallow his shield and present the Patriots with their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

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The Patriots’ team president also said there’s no hard feelings toward Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

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The Patriots tight end will be back in familiar surroundings in the run-up to Super Bowl LI.

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The former Patriots backup quarterback asked an obvious question.

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The Patriots running back’s 18-yard carry in the third quarter was capped by five really tough yards.

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The jacket Brady wore while he was out of the game caught some folks’ attention.

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Business

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Yet another gypsy moth infestation ahead for Mass.

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