Patriots

Patriots

Each win for the New England Patriots in the NFL playoffs carries some level of historical significance. Such is the case when you move within one victory of tying an NFL postseason record.

The Patriots dismantled the Los Angeles Chargers with a 41-28 win in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round game at Gillette Stadium. The result sets up a fantastic matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here's a roundup of some impressive milestones, records and feats accomplished by the Patriots in their latest postseason win.

--Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman had an incredible game. He tallied nine receptions for a team-leading 151 yards, moving him into seventh place on the all-time playoff receiving yards leaderboard. Edelman also vaulted in front of Indianapolis Colts legend Reggie Wayne for the second-most receptions in postseason history. 

--The Patriots extended their own record with a playoff win in eight straight seasons.

--New England now has 127 wins (113 in regular season and 14 in the playoffs) in this decade (2010 to the present), besting the franchise's previous NFL record for most wins in a decade (126 from 2000 through 2009).

 

--The Patriots advanced to their eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game, extending their own record for consecutive conference championship games. They will play in their 15th AFC title game in franchise history on Sunday. The only team with more AFC Championship Game appearances is the Pittsburgh Steelers with 16.

--New England's 16th Divisional Round win ties the Steelers for an NFL record.

--Pats running back James White tied Darren Sproles' playoff record with 15 receptions. White finished with 97 receiving yards, including six catches for 42 yards on his team's first two drives.

--Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set the playoff record for most consecutive pass attempts (228) without an interception. He also threw for 300-plus yards for the 15th time in the playoffs (extending his own record) and threw a touchdown pass in his 13th consecutive playoff game.

--Sony Michel became the first rookie running back in Patriots playoff history to run for 100-plus yards. He finished with 129 yards and also scored three touchdowns.

--The Patriots have played at least one playoff game in 10 consecutive seasons, breaking the Dallas Cowboys' previous record of nine.

--The Patriots' 35th postseason victory in franchise history ties them with the Cowboys for the second-most all-time. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record with 36. 

--New England would join the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins as the only teams to reach the Super Bowl three or more seasons in a row if they beat the Chiefs next week.

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