(Reuters) - Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots snapped the Kansas City Chiefs' 11-game winning streak with a 27-20 victory on Saturday to reach the AFC championship for a fifth consecutive season.
The Patriots, who had a first-round bye, looked to be back at full strength and nothing like the team that lost four of six games heading into the playoffs as they pulled ahead early and never looked back.
Brady tossed two touchdowns and rushed for another, Rob Gronkowski caught a pair of TDs to erase injury concerns and receiver Julian Edelman ended a two-month absence from a broken foot to put New England at full strength.
The Chiefs, coming off last week's 30-0 rout of Houston in the wild-card round of the playoffs, entered the game as the hottest team in the NFL but trailed this one the entire way.
New England will play the winner of Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers to determine which team represents the American Football Conference in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl in San Francisco.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)