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Chargers blown out of NFL playoffs by Tom Brady and New England Patriots – Daily News

Chargers blown out of NFL playoffs by Tom Brady and New England Patriots – Daily News
  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) passes underneath strain from New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots defensive finish Trey Flowers (98) sacks Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the course of the second half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn walks on the sideline in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis (43) breaks up a move meant for New England Patriots broad receiver Chris Hogan (15) in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, proper, speaks to down decide Sarah Thomas through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Thomas is the primary lady to officiate an NFL playoff recreation. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers talks to a teammate on the sideline through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes beneath strain from Los Angeles Chargers defensive finish Damion Sq. (71) through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is congratulated after his landing move to Phillip Dorsett in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, left, passes underneath strain from New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers broad receiver Keenan Allen celebrates his landing catch towards the New England Patriots in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers broad receiver Keenan Allen celebrates his landing catch towards the New England Patriots in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers extensive receiver Keenan Allen catches a landing catch towards the New England Patriots in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers appeals to an official after being tackled by New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, proper, celebrates a landing run by operating again Sony Michel (26) in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots operating again Sony Michel heads for the aim line and his second landing in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Chargers extensive receiver Keenan Allen scores a landing towards the New England Patriots through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passes beneath strain from New England Patriots defensive finish John Simon (55) in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Chargers large receiver Keenan Allen catches a cross that he ran in for a landing towards the New England Patriots in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots operating again Sony Michel (26) scores a landing in entrance of Los Angeles Chargers defensive deal with Darius Philon (93) through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady drops again to cross towards the Los Angeles Chargers defensive through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Chargers gamers, together with defensive deal with Brandon Mebane (92), stand through the nationwide anthem earlier than an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

  • Fighter jets fly over Gillette Stadium earlier than an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, middle, warms up together with his group earlier than an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots defensive again Devin McCourty, left, breaks up a cross meant for Los Angeles Chargers extensive receiver Mike Williams through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers warms up earlier than an NFL divisional playoff recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • Chargers tight finish Hunter Henry warms up earlier than an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Hunter was declared lively for the sport after lacking all season with a knee damage. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots broad receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs after catching a cross towards the Los Angeles Chargers through the second half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Chargers broad receiver Tyrell Williams (16) reaches for a cross as New England Patriots defensive again Stephon Gilmore (24) defends in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • Down decide Sarah Thomas works alongside the sideline through the second half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Thomas is the primary lady to officiate an NFL playoff recreation. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Melvin Gordon dives into the top zone for a landing in the course of the second half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots vast receiver Julian Edelman (11) and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) collide on their helmet crowns through the second half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski, proper, is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers defensive again Adrian Phillips after catching a cross through the second half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski (87) runs after catching a move in the course of the second half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots operating again Sony Michel (26) celebrates his third landing towards the Los Angeles Chargers in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

  • New England Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick watches from the sideline through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, proper, provides a high-five to quarterback Tom Brady through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots broad receiver Julian Edelman (11) catches a move in entrance of Los Angeles Chargers defensive again Desmond King through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Desmond King held his palms out together with his decrease physique in a large stance, because the Chargers’ punt returner waited for the ball to reach.

It went by way of his palms and bounced off his left thigh. He leaped for a desperation restoration. King pushed the ball together with his proper hand. It was now as much as the white line to save lots of the Chargers from one other Tom Brady first-half landing drive.

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The ball by no means made it out of bounds. The New England Patriots recovered on the Chargers’ 35-yard line.

This yr was alleged to be totally different. Quarterback Philip Rivers lastly had an entire workforce with a stout protection and dependable particular groups to get the Chargers previous the Patriots with an ageing quarterback.

At the very least that’s what the pundits stated.

Brady may need heard the doubt. The 41-year-old quarterback roared after a landing cross within the second quarter and was upset for not scoring a sixth time earlier than halftime.

The Patriots confirmed no mercy in Sunday’s 41-28 rout towards the Chargers within the divisional spherical of the NFL playoffs. The Patriots superior to their eighth consecutive AFC Championship recreation.

The Chargers’ playoff run ended within the second spherical, identical to it did of their earlier postseason look 5 years in the past. Rivers fell for the third time within the postseason towards Brady and the Patriots. Brady leads the all-time collection towards Rivers, Eight-Zero.

The Patriots completed with 498 yards in complete offense and, after seizing management of the sport within the first half, held the Chargers to 19 yards dashing. Brady was 34 of 44 passing for 343 yards and one landing.

In a shocking transfer, the Patriots elected to obtain the ball after profitable the coin toss. Turned out to be the fitting transfer, because the Patriots’ first 4 drives ended with touchdowns.

New England set the tone with a 14-play, 83-yard opening drive that killed 7:11 off the clock and ended with a 1-yard landing run from rookie operating again Sony Michel. His first of three landing runs within the first half.

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The Chargers didn’t get their first defensive cease till three:32 left within the first half. However shortly gave it again on King’s muffed punt.

The Patriots had 5 landing drives in seven first-half possessions. They almost made it 6 of 7, however Brady and the offense ran out of time in Chargers’ territory to enter halftime with a 35-7 benefit.

New England recorded 347 yards after 30 minutes of motion. Final week, the Chargers protection held the Baltimore Ravens to 229 yards.

The Chargers’ lone rating within the first half was a 43-yard landing reception from extensive receiver Keenan Allen. The Chargers recorded 67 yards on the opening landing drive, however solely completed the primary half with 128 yards.

Rivers’ landing reference to Virgil Inexperienced within the fourth quarter set a franchise report most postseason landing passes. Rivers broke Dan Fouts’ earlier report of 12. He added a late landing toss to veteran tight finish Antonio Gates, a play that could possibly be the final of Gates’ profession.

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FINAL: The @Patriots defeat the Chargers within the Divisional Spherical! #NFLPlayoffs #EverythingWeGot

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— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2019