It certainly seemed as though they could pull the upset as the Patriots came out a bit stagnant. He has 378 receiving yards and five touchdowns. For the second-straight week, the Patriots held an opposing quarterback to fewer than 300 yards (212).
Tom Brady (he's 40, you know) had a solid game aside from his offense's troubles in the red zone, completing 32 of his 47 passes for 333 yards, while nimbly avoiding Chargers pressure the bulk of the contest. The Patriots were able to tackle him in the end zone for a safety.
Another Los Angeles punt gave New England the ball back at its own 22 at the two-minute warning.
New England then got two field goals from Gostkowski to take a 15-7 lead into the half.
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The Patriots wound up winning the match 21 to 13. That allowed the Pats to possess the ball for almost 30 minutes, keeping Philip Rivers and his offense on the sideline.
In the second quarter, Benjamin fielded a punt, but bobbled the ball as he caught it. Curiously, especially given the weather conditions, Los Angeles chose to attempt a 51-yard field goal.
Gordon's 87-yard run was the longest rushing touchdown allowed by the Patriots under coach Bill Belichick.
That's not great. After the safety, the Patriots kicked a field goal, extending their lead over the Chargers.