The Patriots outlasted the Chargers 35-21 in a game that felt closer than the score indicated. That’s because the Chargers offense moved the ball at will, but couldn’t finish drives.
The Chargers turned the ball over four times. They were stuffed on the goal line on a fourth down in the first half, and a red zone interception by Philip Rivers ended another drive. A second half interception by Vince Wilfork was a masterpiece if you like Big Guy with Football moments.
The team was playing catch up the rest of the way, and couldn’t quite get it done despite 10 catches, 172 yards, and two touchdowns.
The offenses were just insane in this game: 57 first downs and 974 yards, split almost evenly between the two teams. Brady and the Patriots just made far fewer errors.
Brady completed 31-of-40 passes for 423 yards and three scores. We may as well start the Marino yardage record watch now.
The Patriots suffered a number of injuries in the secondary, which could make next week’s game against the 2-0 Bills tricky.