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NFL roundup: Patriots dominance palpable; Ravens' victory improbable

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (left) is congratulated by quarterback Tom Brady after Vereen's 8-yard touchdown pass reception from Brady during the first half of an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.
New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (left) is congratulated by quarterback Tom Brady after Vereen's 8-yard touchdown pass reception from Brady during the first half of an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play with three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC championship game in Foxborough, Mass.

Brady got his 17th victory, surpassing his childhood hero, Joe Montana, by throwing for 344 yards. Seldom-used running back Shane Vereen scored three times, twice on receptions.

If Brady can lead the Patriots (13-4) past Baltimore (12-6) in next Sunday’s conference title game, then win the Super Bowl, he’ll equal the 49ers’ Hall of Famer for NFL championships.

Houston (13-5) performed far better than in a 42-14 loss in Foxborough last month.

Ravens 38, Broncos 35, 2OT: Baltimore’s Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime Saturday to put the Ravens in the AFC title game.

The Ravens (12-6) forced overtime on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, after Jones slipped behind a pair of Broncos defenders along the sideline.

Late in the first overtime, Peyton Manning threw across his body, and Corey Graham picked it off to give the Ravens the ball on the Denver 45.

Two plays later, the first overtime ended and the teams switched directions, and after three Ray Rice runs up the middle, Tucker sailed his game-winner through the uprights with room to spare.

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