AFC Championship: Patriots 36, Steelers 17

And they’re on to Houston

The Patriots will appear in a record ninth title game after Tom Brady set a franchise mark for passing yards in a game.

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.

Foxborough, MA - 1/22/2017 - Tom Brady celebrates with teammates after the victory. The New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2017. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)

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Chad Finn

They aren’t supposed to be doing this again and again

The NFL is designed for parity and “any given Sunday,” but the Patriots may not have gotten the memo.

Foxborough, MA - 1/22/2017 - Tom Brady passes in the second quarter. The New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2017. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)

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BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

No running game necessary with Tom Brady

New England’s offensive production Sunday was quite different from Week 7 at Pittsburgh.

The Patriots are the first team to reach nine Super Bowls.

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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 were able to limit the damage by an elite quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, en route to a convincing win.

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Hogan set the Patriots’ postseason record for receiving yards in a game with 180.

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Representative Katherine Clark was one of the first lawmakers in the country to say she would boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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Mass. lawmakers find silver lining in 2016 election outcome

Senator Elizabeth Warren is antagonizing the president-elect on everything from his business entanglements to the “disarray” in his transition.

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At their home in Brookline, Dawn Oates cuddled with her daughter Harper, who born with a spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic. Harper, 5, was denied a spot last year at the Park School.

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Feds probe claim of bias at Brookline private school

Administrators at Park School are accused of declining to admit a disabled 5-year-old.

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Egg masses found throughout the state point to the likelihood of another moth-infested season.

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Inspired by Dan Price of Gravity Payments in Seattle, PharmaLogics raised its base pay 33 percent, and is reaping the benefits.

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