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              Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff warms up before the NFL football NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST):

10:15 p.m.

The Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season.

They needed overtime in Kansas City to do it.

After winning the coin toss in overtime, the Patriots never gave Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs‘ offense a chance. Rex Burkhead capped a drive that featured three third-and-10 conversions with a 2-yard touchdown run to give them a 37-31 victory over the Chiefs.

New England squandered a 14-0 halftime lead, and the teams waged a back-and-forth fourth quarter before the Chiefs’ Harrison Butker forced overtime with a 39-yard field goal in the closing seconds. The teams combined for 38 points in the fourth quarter.

Tom Brady showcased his mastery once more, though. He twice hit Julian Edelman and once found Rob Gronkowski to convert crucial third downs that set Burkhead up for the winning score.