Despite quarterback Tom Brady, 2007 NFL MVP, throwing three interceptions Sunday in the AFC championship game against the San Diego Chargers, the New England Patriots squeeked by with a 21 – 12 win to move on to the Super Bowl XLII. Running back Laurence Maroney carried the ball 25 times amassing 122 yards rushing and a touchdown in the win. Kevin Faulk caught 8 receptions for 82 yards as well.

San Diego certainly had an uphill climb against the undefeated Patriots. A crushing blow was losing running back LaDainion Tomlinson for the game after the first two series to a sore knee. Tomlinson carries the ball just twice for 5 yards and caught one reception. Quarterback Philip River’s sprained right knee didn’t keep him sidelined, but he certainly wasn’t at 100% and that showed with a two interception performance.

The Patriots will attempt to cap off their season of perfection with a Super Bowl win in Arizona. They will face off against the winner of the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the NY Giants.