Tom Brady broke a post-season record as the New England Patriots stormed into the Super Bowl at the expense of the Indianapolis Colts.
The New England Patriots destroyed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship game on Sunday to reach their sixth Super Bowl this century.
Pats quarterback Tom Brady surpassed Peyton Manning's NFL post-season yardage record, throwing for three touchdowns, as New England set up a Super Bowl showdown with the Seattle Seahawks on February 1.
New England scored four touchdowns in the second half and kept Indianapolis scoreless to complete their 38-point win and secure the franchise's eighth AFC title.
Running back LeGarrette Blount starred for the Patriots, rushing for three touchdowns, including the home side's first and last, in a dominant performance.
Blount finished with 148 rushing yards at an average of 4.9 per carry.
With Blount's first six-pointer, plus a touchdown from James Develin, New England led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and although the Colts hit back in the second term, the Patriots extended their lead to 17-7 by half-time.
From then on Indianapolis could not cope, though, with Brady picking out Nate Solder and Rob Gronkowski with passes in the third quarter before Blount again burst into the end zone.
New England rubbed salt into the Colts' gaping wounds in the fifth minute of the last quarter with Blount completing a two-yard rush for six points, with Stephen Gostkowski converting his sixth extra-point kick from as many attempts to wrap up the 38-point win.
The Patriots will return to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in 15 years, having won NFL titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004.