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Chris Hogan plays big role in helping Patriots reach Super Bowl

Chris Hogan plays big role in helping Patriots reach Super Bowl

The New England Patriots make a habit of picking up free agents that help them get to the Super Bowl.

Receiver Chris Hogan is the latest.

Hogan caught a career-high nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns Sunday night, helping the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl with a 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

Hogan, 28, scored on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the first quarter and on a 34-yard pass from Brady off a flea-flicker play in the second quarter.

His 180 yards receiving was the most in Patriots’ postseason history, breaking the record of 153 set by Deion Branch against Denver in 2006.

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