The Chargers are fresh off of a road victory in Baltimore. The offense was not churning for LA on Sunday, but the defense and special teams did enough for LA to pull out the win. Chargers kicker Mike Badgley accounted for 16 of LA’s 23 points as the Chargers won 23-16. The LA defense was able to turn Lamar Jackson and the Ravens over 3 times, with two fumble recoveries and one interception.
The Patriots are coming off of a first round bye, earned by the 11-5 record, enough to win the AFC East. New England comes limping into the playoffs, going 3-3 in their last six games. Brady and the Patriots have looked more beatable than usual this year, but then again that is what we say every year about the Patriots. Brady and Belichick usually save the best for the postseason, so who’s to say it won’t be more of the same this year.
As for the quarterback matchup, Rivers and Brady make for quite the contest. Both have had monster years. In fact, when comparing their stats, they end up eerily close to one another in nearly every category. Philip Rivers posted 4,308 yards and 32 TD from 347-508 passing, while Brady went for 4,355 yards with 29 TDs on 375-570 passing. The loss of Josh Gordon may slow Brady down, but he seems to always find a way with the tools he has. As for Rivers, he needs to prove this year that he can sling it with the NFL’s elite. If Philip Rivers can’t beat Brady on Sunday, then he may have missed his last shot at a serious postseason run in his career.