FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady’s way of dealing with Tebowmania was to silence it with a record-shattering performance.
Brady tied a postseason record with six touchdown passes and the top-seeded Patriots humbled the Denver Broncos 45-10 on Saturday night in the AFC divisional round.
New England (14-3) extended its winning streak to nine games and advanced to next weekend’s AFC Championship Game.
The Patriots will play host to the winner of today’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans.
The Patriots set a franchise playoff record for most points in a game behind the stellar play of Brady, who matched the record of six touchdown passes held by Oakland’s Daryle Lamonica (1969) and San Francisco’s Steve Young in Super Bowl XXIX.
Brady threw a record five touchdown passes in the first half – three to tight end Rob Gronkowski – to carry New England to a 35-7 lead en route to its first postseason victory since beating San Diego in the 2008 AFC title game. Gronkowski, who set regular-season league records for most touchdowns (17) and yards (1,327) by a tight end, finished with 10 receptions for 145 yards.
Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick also set a record with the 15th playoff win by a quarterback-coach tandem.
Tebow was 9 for 26 for 136 yards for Denver (8-8). He was sacked five times.