Scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions, the New England Patriots established a 35-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional-round game.

The result sends New England (12-5) to Kansas City next Sunday to play for the AFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl.

The win over the Chargers also gave the Patriots a perfect 9-0 home record this season and put them in the conference championship game for eighth consecutive season,extending an NFL record.

The Patriots carved up Los Angeles'defense for drives of 83, 67, 58 and 87 yards to start their day.

When the Chargers finally stopped them, they fumbled the ensuing punt and the Patriots recovered, before going 35 yards for a fifth touchdown just before halftime.

Every aspect of New England's offense did its job. Tom Brady completed 34 of 44 passes for 343 yards and a 15-yard scoring strike to Phillip Dorsett with 12:17 left in the second quarter. Rookie running back Sony Michel pounded out 129 yards on 24 carries, reaching the end zone on runs of 1, 14 and 5 yards.

Brady made liberal use of running back James White and wide receiver Julian Edelman - White caught 15 passes for 97 yards, and Edelman added nine catches for 151 yards, a franchise-record fifth 100-yard game in the playoffs.