Earlier on Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons demolished the Green Bay Packers on their way to the franchise’s second NFC Championship. This evening, the New England Patriots followed them to Super Bowl LI by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Championship.
The evening game started with the Patriots driving down the field on their opening possession, but had to settle for a 31-yard field goal. A few possessions later, they added a touchdown, giving them a 10-0 first quarter lead.
The Steelers would add a touchdown of their own in the second quarter, but miss the extra point. The Patriots would again put seven on the board with a second Tom Brady to Chris Hogan touchdown pass, extending the lead to 17-6. A field goal from the Steelers before the half made it 17-9 at the break.
Pittsburgh started with the ball in the second half, but the Patriots were the ones to score in the third quarter, adding another 16 points to extend the league to 33-9 in part because of a fumble by the Steelers. New England added another field goal in the fourth quarter to take a 36-9 lead. A Steelers touchdown made it a little closer, but the final score for the game was 36-17.
With the win, the Patriots set the match up for the Super Bowl, which will be played two weeks from today. Here is the schedule for the 2017 championship game:
Super Bowl LI
- Teams: Falcons vs. Steelers/Patriots
- Stadium: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
- Kickoff: 6:30 pm ET, Sunday, Feb 5
- TV Coverage: Fox
- Broadcasters: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
- National Anthem: Luke Bryan
- Halftime Show: Lady Gaga
- Online Stream: Fox Sports Go