New England thumps Tennessee Titans 35-14 to advance to the AFC Championship

Brady led the Patriots to a comfortable win over the Titans.
Brady led the Patriots to a comfortable win over the Titans. Photo credit: Getty

The New England Patriots have beaten the Tennessee Titans 35-14 to progress to the AFC Championship game.

Led by veteran quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots outscored their opponents 28-0 in the second and third quarters.

Tennessee managed to score the first points of the clash with a touchdown to rookie wide-receiver Corey Davis off a great Marcus Mariota throw.

But that was as good as it got for the considerable underdogs with Patriots touchdowns through Rob Gronkowki, Brandon Bolden, Chris Hogan and a James White double putting the match-up to bed.

Brady finished the encounter with 337 yards and three touchdowns for the game, while the opposing Mariota recorded 254 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite their offensive prowess, it was New England's unheralded defence that came to forefront of their comprehensive victory.

They sacked Mariota on eight occasions, with Geneo Grissom and Deatrich Wise Jr. both registering two apiece.

The Patriots will now play either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Jacksonville Jaguars for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Earlier on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles upset the Atlanta Falcons to advance to the NFC Championship.