When Pats win next week, they will become first to win a Super Bowl since 1996
The New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East title with a 23-21 win over the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game.
The win will put the Pats on the verge of tying the NFL record for most wins in a single season.
The victory also gives the Patriots the AFC North title and a chance to make it to the AFC title game.
The Patriots are 4-0 in the postseason since the 1998 season and now hold the best record in the NFL at 2-1.
The win gave the Patriots a chance at making the playoffs, which is a feat in itself for a team that is coming off back-to-back Super Bowl losses.
“It’s great to be back, it’s good to be a part of this team, and now we have to go out and win another Super Bowl,” linebacker Dont’a Hightower said.
“It’s a great feeling.
It’s great for us to be able to put ourselves in a position to be where we want to be.”
The Patriots have won four consecutive games after going 2-5 in 2016.
Brady, who is on the final year of his contract, is expected to be traded this offseason.
The move could make the Patriots’ roster more balanced and give the team a more competitive team.
The Broncos, who have won seven straight games and are now 3-0 after winning their second straight Super Bowl, are 5-1 since the season opener.
The AFC North will be split evenly between the Patriots and Broncos, with the Pats being favored by an average of 17.3 points.
The Patriots and the Broncos are tied with three games left in the regular season.
New England is 0-5 against the Broncos this season.