Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional playoffs on Sunday to earn their eighth straight trip to AFC championship game.

New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week’s AFC title game. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Foxborough in Week 6.

It is the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. The Chargers (13-5) haven’t reached the AFC title game since the 2007 season.

Quarterback Philip Rivers finished 25 of 51 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He is 0-5 in games played in Foxborough, including 0-3 in the postseason.

Brady finished 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown. He improves to 8-0 as a starter against Rivers, who drops to 1-8 against New England all-time.

James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards.

New England scored on its first four possessions of the game to build a 35-7 halftime lead.

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New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) runs away from Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) runs away from Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates one of his team's five first-half touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates one of his team’s five first-half touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead runs toward the goal line for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead runs toward the goal line for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) gets a lift from Rob Gronkowski, center, as Tom Brady (12) joins the celebration after Burkhead's touchdown during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) gets a lift from Rob Gronkowski, center, as Tom Brady (12) joins the celebration after Burkhead’s touchdown during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers appeals to an official after being tackled by New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers appeals to an official after being tackled by New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers talks to a teammate on the sideline during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers talks to a teammate on the sideline during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) passes under pressure from New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) passes under pressure from New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes under pressure from Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Damion Square (71) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes under pressure from Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Damion Square (71) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, celebrates a touchdown run by running back Sony Michel (26) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, celebrates a touchdown run by running back Sony Michel (26) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel heads for the goal line and his second touchdown during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel heads for the goal line and his second touchdown during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) scores a touchdown in front of Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Darius Philon (93) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) scores a touchdown in front of Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Darius Philon (93) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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