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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.

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