L.A. CHARG­ERS AT NEW ENG­LAND

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1 p.m., CBS

New Eng­land was 8-0 at Gil­lette Sta­dium, the only per­fect home record in the league. And the Charg­ers were a league-best 7-1 on the road.

Quar­ter­back Philip Rivers has a 1-7 record against the Pa­tri­ots, in­clud­ing 0-4 in Foxborough, Mas­sachusetts, and 0-2 in the play­offs. There is con­cern about lead­ing rusher Melvin Gor­don, who hurt his knee last week­end at Bal­ti­more.

Con­versely, Tom Brady is 2-0 in the play­offs and 6-2 in reg­u­lar-sea­son meetings.

Worth fo­cus­ing on: If the weather is de­cent, Brady and Rivers will be test­ing de­fen­sive back­fields of vary­ing ac­com­plish­ments. There of­ten have been gap­ing holes in New Eng­land’s cov­er­ages, while the Charg­ers have an All-Pro in rookie safety Der­win James, and an­other stand­out back there in Des­mond King.

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