Fisch Fact: Patriots Advance To AFC Champ. AGAIN..

The road the Super Bowl 53 got a little less crowded over the weekend as the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs all knocked off their challengers in the Divisional Games to advance to the conference finals.

New Orleans beat defending Super Bowl champs the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-14 in Sunday's late game.

New England crushed the Los Angeles Chargers in Sunday's early game, 41-28.

Brady and Belichick and their Pats will be playing in their eighth straight AFC Championship game and their 13th overall.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, meanwhile, is 8-4 all-time in conference championship games.

Tom Brady has more playoff wins (28) than Peyton Manning has playoff starts (27).

Most AFC Championship appearances:

  1. Steelers - 16
  2. Patriots - 15 (EIGHT STRAIGHT)
  3. Tom Brady - 13
  4. Raiders - 11

In Saturday's late game, the Rams held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys, 30-22, and the Chiefs dominated the Indianapolis Colts, 31-13.

In the NFC Championship game set for 3 p.m. ET Sunday, the Rams will meet the Saints in New Orleans on FOX.

The AFC Championship will pit the Patriots against the Chiefs in Kansas City at 6:40 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.

The winners will meet in Super Bowl 53 on February 3rd. 

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