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Strong Chargers’ season ends with an abysmal day against Patriots – Daily News

Strong Chargers’ season ends with an abysmal day against Patriots – Daily News

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A useful Patriots fan draped a banner over the sector railing at Gillette Stadium earlier than Sunday’s recreation. It learn:

“Ready The Gun Powdah.”

For what? To place the visiting Chargers out of their distress?

This dreary afternoon, this 48-21 beatdown by New England within the AFC Divisional Spherical, was like enjoying Madden and setting it to “extreme embarrassment” degree. This was a Chargers protection, so competent final week against a multi-dimensional rookie quarterback, decreased to pylons and bystanders by the previous grasp, Tom Brady, throughout a primary half by which the Patriots scored touchdowns on their first 4 possessions and led 35-7 at halftime.

And this was a New England crowd not even needing to supply extra the token “Beat L.A.” chant they did simply earlier than kickoff. Which didn’t imply they didn’t chant anyway, later and louder, simply to sink the needle in somewhat deeper.

That previous noticed about age and treachery overcoming youth and enthusiasm? Brady issued repeated reminders that this wasn’t Lamar Jackson the Chargers have been dealing with. By the top of the primary half, Brady’s offense had one fewer landing (5) than the Chargers had first downs.

By the way, it was reported by NFL.com’s and NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport Sunday morning that Brady did certainly endure a sprained MCL in November and has been enjoying with it, however due to the Patriots’ bye final week was “as healthy as he’s been … since the beginning of the season.”

Good timing.

“I was expecting to see his best,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn stated. “It’s playoff time. He’s been right here earlier than. He’s among the best that’s ever been on that soccer subject, and he did a heck of a job of benefiting from a few of the personnel matchups.

“He’s real good at finding little wrinkles in the defense. We made some adjustments, but too little too late.”

It is rather troublesome, in a beatdown of this nature, to assign blame to at least one specific side. They have been poor, Lynn acknowledged, in all three phases.

Nonetheless, when the Chargers’ protection got here out early in the identical seven-defensive again look that they used against Baltimore’s Jackson every week in the past, it didn’t take Brady (and operating again Sony Michel) very lengthy to disabuse them of the knowledge of making an attempt that once more. Brady handed for 343 yards (34 of 44 for a landing) and stored irritating Chargers cross rushers with his fast launch, whereas Michel gashed them for 129 yards and three scores.

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“Every single time I won, and I won some pass rushes here and there, the ball was gone,” Chargers defensive finish Joey Bosa stated. “We have been speaking to one another. I’m going, ‘Stop getting rid of the ball so fast,’ and he stated, ‘Stop getting to me so fast and I won’t should eliminate it.’

“Every time you win a rush and you look up and the ball’s gone, it’s a little demoralizing.”

The Chargers made it virtually kind of perhaps semi-respectable within the second half. That included a Philip Rivers-to-Antonio Gates landing hookup close to the top of the sport that would characterize the top of an period, although Gates stated afterward he needs to return again if the staff may have him.

However the group that completed these loopy comebacks in Pittsburgh and Kansas Metropolis wasn’t going to prime itself this time, although some Chargers nonetheless held out hope.

“Even with a minute or two in the game, I was like, ‘OK, there’s gonna be some sort of onsides kick, something crazy is going to happen, the defense is going to make a crazy play,” deal with Russell Okung stated. “That’s how a lot I consider on this group, that it’s by no means over. I feel these guys (protection) consider in all of us the identical method, too.

“I want it to hurt. I want to be disgusted about it. I want to be angry about it because I know it’s going to fuel us moving into the offseason … I think a lot of other guys feel that way too. They know we left a lot out there on the field and that we’re capable of so much more.”

If this recreation is to have any worth going ahead for the core of this group, it is going to be as schooling and motivation. This group made big strides this season competitively (although much less so in gaining traction within the L.A. market). This might be a blip, or it might be a jumping-off level.

“I think just guys have to know how tough it is to get (here),” Rivers stated. “It’s easy in the heat of the moment to say, ‘Hey, we’ll be back and we’ll get it done next year.’ That’s a long way from now, to get to right here.”

His message: Don’t overlook how arduous it was to get there. He’s dwelling proof, since this was simply his second playoff run within the final 9 seasons.

But when the reminiscence of this stings sufficient to get guys again within the weight room and out on the sector and dedicated to ending the job, a really troublesome afternoon won’t have gone to waste.

“It’ll linger into next year,” Bosa vowed. “We’ll nonetheless have that salty style in our mouth. I hope (we) do keep in mind dropping and what it takes to really win.

“Because this wasn’t it.”

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  • 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)

  • 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 against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

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

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

  • Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis (43) breaks up a cross meant for New England Patriots large 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 large receiver Tyrell Williams (16) reaches for a move 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)

  • New England Patriots extensive receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs after catching a move against 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)

  • New England Patriots operating again Sony Michel runs from Chargers outdoors linebacker Kyle Emanuel in the course of the second half of an NFL divisional playoff recreation, 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 in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick watches from the sideline in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation against 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 against the Los Angeles Chargers 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 through the second 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)

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

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) passes beneath 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 quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes beneath strain from Los Angeles Chargers defensive finish Damion Sq. (71) 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 quarterback Tom Brady is congratulated after his landing cross to Phillip Dorsett in the course of the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola)

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

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passes underneath 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)

  • New England Patriots operating again Sony Michel heads for the aim line and his second landing through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation against 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 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)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive again Adrian Phillips (31) tackles New England Patriots operating again Sony Michel (26) through the first half of an NFL divisional playoff soccer recreation, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)