L.A. Chargers Vs. New England Patriots Recap:
For the 8th straight year, the New England Patriots will be in the AFC Championship game after defeating the L.A. Chargers 41-28. However, the Patriots will not be at home, instead they’ll be on the road in Kansas City where they’ll face the Chiefs.
The Patriots scored on their first four possessions, scoring four straight touchdowns which led to an early 28-7 lead. They ultimately led at the half 35-7. Running back, Sony Michel had three touchdowns in the first half helping the Patriots break the game wide open. Michel finished with 24 carries, 129 rushing yards, and 3 touchdowns.
Tom Brady had a phenomenal day per usual as he carved up with the Chargers secondary, throwing for a touchdown as well. Brady finished with 34/44, 343 passing yards, and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Patriots has answers for the Chargers. After giving up an early score on a long Keenan Allen touchdown, the Patriots’ defense quickly made adjustments limiting the Chargers’ offense all day. Philip Rivers was under pressure all game long and Melvin Gordon couldn’t get the ground game going.
A long, disappointing day for the Chargers will lead to a long offseason. The Chargers had a great season, but just couldn’t find any offense and couldn’t stop Brady.
The Patriots move on to Kansas City to play the Chiefs, who they beat earlier this season 43-40. However, it’s hard to beat the same team twice. Should be a good one with a trip to Super Bowl 53 on the line.
(Written by Seth Cohen, a Tailgate writer who also runs @tailgatenflnews on Instagram.)