L.A. CHARG­ERS (13-4) at NEW ENG­LAND PA­TRI­OTS (11-5)

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When/TV: Satur­day, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Line: Pa­tri­ots by 4

Record vs. spread: Los An­ge­les 9-7, New Eng­land 9-7 Se­ries record: Pa­tri­ots lead 24-15-2

Last meet­ing: Pa­tri­ots beat Charg­ers, 21-13, Oct. 29, 2017 Last week: Charg­ers beat Ravens, 23-17; Pa­tri­ots had bye, beat Jets 38-3 on Dec. 30

AP Pro32 rank­ing: Charg­ers and Pa­tri­ots tied at No. 5 Charg­ers Of­fense: Over­all (11), Rush (15), Pass (10) Charg­ers De­fense: Over­all (9), Rush (9), Pass (9) Pa­tri­ots Of­fense: Over­all (5), Rush (5), Pass (8)

Pa­tri­ots De­fense: Over­all (21), Rush (11), Pass (22) Streaks, Stats And Notes: Just fourth play­off meet­ing be­tween teams, with Pa­tri­ots hold­ing 2-1 edge. … New Eng­land’s vic­tory in AFC cham­pi­onship game dur­ing 2007 sea­son was its fi­nal vic­tory be­fore hav­ing per­fect sea­son blem­ished in Su­per Bowl loss to Gi­ants. … Charg­ers beat Pa­tri­ots 51-10 in AFL cham­pi­onship game to end 1963 sea­son. … Charg­ers QB Philip Rivers will be 37 years, 36 days old on Sun­day and Pa­tri­ots QB Tom Brady will be 41 years, 163 days old. The 28,688 days old are old­est com­bined age by op­pos­ing start­ing quar­ter­backs in play­off game in NFL his­tory. … Charg­ers are com­ing off first play­off vic­tory since 2013 sea­son. … Los An­ge­les is 8-1 as road team this sea­son. … Charg­ers ended reg­u­lar sea­son ranked third in yards per play (6.3) and tied for sixth in points per game (26.8). … Rivers en­ters Sun­day’s game with 1-7 record against Pa­tri­ots, in­clud­ing 0-4 in games in Foxborough and 0-2 in play­offs. Rivers earned lone vic­tory against New Eng­land dur­ing 2008 reg­u­lar sea­son when Charg­ers were still in San Diego. Brady was side­lined for that game by knee in­jury and Matt Cas­sel started in his place. … LA’s lead­ing rusher Melvin Gor­don (885 yards, 10 TDs dur­ing reg­u­lar sea­son) is deal­ing with knee in­jury sus­tained dur­ing wild­card win over Ravens. … DE Melvin In­gram leads Los An­ge­les with seven sacks. … Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick has most play­off ex­pe­ri­ence (39 games) and post­sea­son wins (28) among head coaches in NFL his­tory. … Pa­tri­ots ranked fourth in scor­ing of­fense (27.3 ppg) and tied for sixth in scor­ing de­fense (20.3 ppg al­lowed). … Brady has played against Charg­ers eight times in reg­u­lar sea­son and twice in post­sea­son. He’s 2-0 in play­offs and 6-2 in reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ings. … Brady has com­pleted 67 per­cent of passes with 15 TDs and five INTs dur­ing reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ings with Charg­ers. In play­off games against Charg­ers he’s com­pleted 58 per­cent of throws with four TDs and six INTs. … DE Trey Flow­ers leads New Eng­land with 71⁄2 sacks. Safety Duron Har­mon leads team with four INTs.

— As­so­ci­ated Press

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