New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Reuters

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots make easy work of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday delivering a 45-7 win that brought them to the Super Bowl against the defending champions Seattle Seahawks.

Brady had 3 touchdowns passing for 226 yards on 23-of-35 completions targeting Juian Edelman most of the night while LeGarrette Blount ran for 148 yards on 30 carries. Edelman had 98 yards on 9 catches to lead three other Patriots who had over 28 receiving yards. Rob Gronkowski had 28 yards and a touchdown.

New England opened the scoring with two straight touchdowns for a 14-0 advantage after the first quarter. The Colts responded with a touchdown in the second to close the gap and the Patriots carried a 17-7 lead going into the halftime. After the break, it was all Brady and the Patriots as they scored on two passes from Brady and a rushing TD from Blount for a huge 38-7 lead going into the final quarter.

The Colts never came back and never had a chance as Andrew Luck finished with just 126 yards on 12-of-33 completions with 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. The Colts also suffered the second most lopsided loss in any AFC championship.

Both Brady and Patriots head coach Belichick are appearing their sixth Super Bowl game while the franchise is now tied for most appearances in the football championship with eight, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Entering the game vs. the Seahawks, Brady and Belichick have won 3 of 5 in the championship game. The pair brought NFL titles to New England with wins in Super Bowl XXXVI (2001), XXXVIII (2003) and XXXIX (2004).

The last time the Patriots and Seahawks met was on Oct. 14, 2012 when Seattle won at home, 24-23. The Patriots won the other two meetings in the 2000s, 24-21 on Dec. 7, 2008 and 30-20 on Oct. 17, 2004. Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

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