FOXBORO -- James White and Chris Hogan combined for three second-quarter touchdowns Saturday that propelled the New England Patriots to their seventh straight AFC Championship Game via a 35-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium.
White scored on a 5-yard shovel pass from Tom Brady with 13:18 left in the quarter to tie the game at 7-7. White added a 6-yard run at the end of the Patriots’ next possession to make it 14-7 with 9:20 left, and then Tom Brady threw a 4-yard strike to Hogan with 1:52 to go before halftime to open a comfortable lead that the 10-8 Titans could not overcome.
Brady went over the 300-yard passing mark for the game for the 13th time in a playoff game, a league record. He also broke the NFL record for three-touchdown games with 10, moving ahead of boyhood idol Joe Montana.
Brandon Bolden added a 2-yard TD run with 4:02 left in the third quarter as the Patriots extended their run of unanswered points to 28. It reached 35 when Brady threw to Rob Gronkowski from 4 yards out with 10:22 left to play.
The Titans scored first in the game, marching 95 yards in 11 plays and going up 7-0 on a 15-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to Corey Davis with 1:14 left in the first quarter. But the Patriots' defense sacked Mariota eight times to set a team postseason record.
Mariota threw an 11-yard TD pass to Davis with 1:55 left to play.
The Patriots will play the winner of Sunday’s game between Jacksonville in Pittsburgh next Sunday at Gillette Stadium, a 3 p.m. start, for the right to be the AFC’s representative in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.