Bat­tle of the best in N.E.

Brady, Rivers set to square off at Gil­lette

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY JEFF MILLER

He is a hot topic in all the Charg­ers’ meet­ings this week, even the meet­ings that in­clude a sin­gle player.

De­fen­sive line­man Damion Square said he was at home Tues­day with his wife, Brandi, when they found them­selves dis­cussing, of all things, Tom Brady.

It wasn’t Xs and O’s. It was more GOAT.

“‘How many times have we seen this guy in this game?’ ” Square said he asked her. “It’s Tom Brady. This guy al­ways plays in the big game. It’s an honor to step on the field and play against him.”

It’s an honor and a bur­den, the Charg­ers about to take their cel­e­brated road show into the NFL’s most un­wel­com­ing stop for road teams.

New Eng­land has won 15 con­sec­u­tive games at Gil­lette Sta­dium and, in the play­offs, is 19-3 at home since Brady be­came the team’s quar­ter­back.

So this won’t be just an­other tilted venue, just an­other ornery crowd to over­come for a team that has yet to lose out­side of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia this sea­son.

In these Pa­tri­ots, the Charg­ers also will find an­other chal­lenge stun­ningly un­fa­mil­iar to them: they’re fac­ing a quar­ter­back more ac­com­plished than their own.

“You think about all the dif­fer­ent team­mates that have come in and out of that build­ing, and he’s still play­ing at the high­est level,” Philip Rivers said of Brady. “We know that this is when he and this team have al­ways been the best.”

Rivers has done so much

Philip Rivers/AP

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