Game ball goes to ... TOM BRADY
The New England Patriots quarterback probably was chuckling under his breath when he kept seeing the Chargers sitting in zone defense. Brady was the model of efficiency, continually throwing underneath the zone and completing 34 of 44 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown.
By the numbers 70.6
Percentage of time Chargers’ Philip Rivers was pressured on drop-backs in the first half, according to Next Gen Stats.
Yards rushing for the Chargers, averaging 1.9 per carry.
Consecutive appearances in the AFC championship game for the Patriots.
Patriots’ record under Bill Belichick when they lead by seven points or more after the first quarter at home.
Rivers’ record against the Patriots, including 0-5 in Foxborough and 0-3 in the playoffs. His victory came in a game in which Brady did not play because of an injury.
Belichick’s record against coaches in their first postseason, the Patriots coach’s loss coming in last season’s Super Bowl to Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles.