Michael Floyd

Patriots outduel Texans, 34-16, to reach record sixth consecutive AFC championship game

Patriots outduel Texans, 34-16, to reach record sixth consecutive AFC championship game

The New England Patriots are headed back to a familiar spot: the AFC championship game. 

Dion Lewis had a 13-yard touchdown reception , a 98-yard kickoff return for a score, and a late 1-yard touchdown to help the Patriots hold off the Houston Texans 34-16 on Saturday night and advance to an NFL-record sixth straight conference title game. 

Lewis became the fifth Patriots player to score three touchdowns in a playoff game. He's also the first player in the Super Bowl era to score on a rush, a catch and a kick return in a postseason game. 

The Patriots (15-2) survived a gritty effort by the Texans' top-ranked defense, which intercepted Brady twice....

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