AFC Championship Football

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) scores on a 13-yard touchdown run while being tackled by Indianapolis Colts free safety LaRon Landry during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount ran for three more touchdowns as the New England Patriots thrashed the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, in the AFC Championship game on Jan. 18 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The win marked the Patriots’ sixth trip to the Super Bowl since 2002.

It didn’t take the Patriots long to take control of the game. After the Colts muffed a punt recovery, New England scored quickly with a touchdown run by Blount. Brady later pushed the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 with a touchdown pass to James Develin. New England led, 17-7 at halftime.

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs with a touchdown pass from Julian Edelman, as he runs from Baltimore Ravens defensive back Rashaan Melvin (38) in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Things got really ugly for the Colts in the second half as Brady threw two more touchdowns, including a sneaky 16-yard pass to left tackle Nate Soldier. Brady completed 23 of 35 pass attempts for 226 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Blount also had a field day with the Colts’ defense, running for two second-half touchdowns. Blount finished with 148 rushing yards on 30 carries. Julius Edelman led the Patriots with nine catches for 98 receiving yards. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck struggled, completing just 12 of 33 pass attempts for 126 passing yards and two interceptions. Rookie backup running back Zurlon Tipton scored the Colts’ only touchdown of the game.

New England will face the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIV (49), scheduled for Feb. 1 in Phoenix, Ariz.