NFL Playoffs – Pats Pound Broncos…Niners Hold Off Saints
Tebow time is over. Tom Brady threw for six touchdowns and the New England Patriots moved on to the AFC championship game by ripping Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, 45-10.
Brady set an NFL playoff record by throwing for five touchdowns by halftime, then became the third quarterback in postseason history to toss six TD passes in a game.
The Patriots will host either the Baltimore Ravens or Houston Texans next Sunday.
The San Francisco 49ers have moved into the NFC title game by surviving a wild finish against the visiting New Orleans Saints. Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left to give the Niners a 36-32 win over the Saints.
The TD caused the fourth lead change in the final 4:02 and pushed the 49ers within one victory of their first Super Bowl berth since 1995.
San Francisco will either visit the Green Bay Packers next Sunday or host the Giants.
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