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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, congratulates teammate Brandon Lloyd after Loyd's five-yard touchdown pass from Brady during the second half of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

NFL playoffs: Patriots beat up Texans

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC championship game.

Brady got his 17th victory, surpassing his childhood hero, Joe Montana, by throwing for 344 yards. Seldom-used running back Shane Vereen scored three times, twice on receptions.

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