Philip Rivers has never beaten Tom Brady

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The Chargers are 9-0 outside of L.A. this year. But quarterback Philip Rivers is 0-7 against Tom Brady, whose team is 8-0 at home this season. So, basically, something’s gotta give.

Yes, Rivers has never beaten Brady. The veteran San Diego/L.A. signal-caller has beaten the Patriots only once in his career, a 30-10 win during 2008, when Brady was out with a torn ACL. Every other time the two teams have played since Rivers became the starter in 2006, the Patriots have won.

That fact was news to Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.

“I was not aware of that,” Lynn told New England reporters when asked on Wednesday to react to Rivers’ run of futility vs. Brady. “But that’s in the past. That’s what I think about. It’s in the past. We have an opportunity to do it on Sunday so let’s make the most out of it.”

Rivers shrugged at the reality that he’s never gotten the better of Brady.

“It’s not something you think about a whole lot,” Rivers told New England reporters. “It exists and it’s there but again, and I mean this, I don’t feel that I’m playing Tom. Certainly it’s a Tom Brady-led team and we know how things work with the quarterback and the head coach that have the record attached to it. We’ve got a heck of a challenge, our offense, going against that defense and how disciplined they play and how well they play especially this time of year. We’ve got our work cut out on that side of the ball. Yeah, I think you’re aware of that stat that is out there but it’s not something that I spend much time thinking about.”

Two of the losses came in playoffs games, in consecutive years. In 2007, the Patriots got their last win of an 18-1 season by beating the Chargers to get to the Super Bowl. The prior year, the Chargers seemed destined to get to the Super Bowl, with a 14-2 record.

Leading by eight in the fourth quarter, Chargers defensive back Marlon McCree intercepted Brady to seemingly clinch a victory. And then McCree fumbled the ball, the Patriots recovered, they tied the game, and they won it with a late field goal.

This could be the best Chargers team since the 14-2 season, but New England is never easy to beat at home. In what will be one of their last meetings, Rivers’ chances of getting to his first Super Bowl now hinge on getting his first career win over arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, at a time when Father Time could be poised to make a strong kick to the finish line.

50 responses to “Philip Rivers has never beaten Tom Brady

  1. Interesting stat, but doesn’t mean much come Sunday. New England’s defense is not as good as Baltimore’s was this year but it’s offense is better. I think this will be a tight game, likely going down to the final plays.

  2. Ah yes, who could forget that brady is so clutch…he can throw an interception late in the 4th quarter and make his teammate get the ball back for him on the same play.

  3. Well, there is always the first time. The Pats team this year is unpredictable but mostly mediocre. Brady doesn’t have good weapons this year, even Gronk is below his norm and Edelman has the dropsies. Other teams pay their QBs big money and still able to give them elite supporting players. BB let three, three! of Brady’s reliables go and even contemplated trading Gronk. BB is wasting Brady’s years. It’s frustrating. So more than likely this year is wasted yet again.

  4. How many other quarterbacks have never beaten Brady? I’m sure Rivers isn’t the only one.

  5. The expected cold weather will be a further problem for Rivers. In his last 10 games below 40 degrees he’s thrown 18 TDs but also 11 Ints & 5 Fums, and an 87 rating. Brady’s stats by contrast are almost no different, and a 98 rating. The temp this Sunday will be 26 degrees.

  6. All this tells me is that Rivers is due.

    Rivers was 0-9 his last nine games against KC as you may recall until the showdown last month in Arrowhead. The law of averages always kicks in eventually.

    I’m taking the Bolts on the road.

  7. leehacksawhamilton says:
    January 9, 2019 at 5:28 pm
    All this tells me is that Rivers is due.

    Rivers was 0-9 his last nine games against KC as you may recall until the showdown last month in Arrowhead. The law of averages always kicks in eventually.

    I’m taking the Bolts on the road.
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    You might want to familiarize yourself with the Law of Averages. You’ve got it entirely wrong.

  8. The Chargers always beat themselves. They have a history of choking in big games and being terribly coached, ie Marty Schottenheimer. I don’t expect that to change Sunday

  9. I hate these articles.

    Don’t you think defense has something to do with it? Special teams? Penalties?

    Plus. What’s that saying? Past performance has nothing to do with future returns?

    I just hope the team that plays the best this weekend wins.

  10. In Rivers 15 year career, per WEEI, he’s only played in 5 games when game temperature has been below freezing. He is 1-4 in those games, on the other hand Tom is 27-7. That’s a pretty significant fact .

  11. If the Chargers defense plays as well as they did against the Ravens they have a chance. Although they are up against a much different animal this weekend than they were last weekend.

  12. As a Pats fan, I am not as confident in this year’s team as I have been in the past. Can they make one more run? The Chargers are a great opponent, but I think the Pats have the advantage at QB and head coach.

  13. Rodney is right in his analysis of how to beat Tom Brady… and he is also right about how Coach Belichick will react to it – the Patriots will run the ball 40+ times if they need to and that will be why New England will win, yet another “close one,” at home.

  14. Well, Norv Turner was his HC for the bulk of those losses. Is that really his fault? They used to put those Brady-Manning head to head numbers up all of the time too until Peyton started winning every time after 2006.

  15. Belichick and Brady will be the first to say what happened in prior games has zero bearing on this one.

    I expect a great game played well by both teams and coming down to late game heroics by one side or the other

  16. Troy Brown stripping that ball was one of the cluch plays of all time. He was playing DB! Are you kidding me.

  17. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 7:18 pm
    Belichick and Brady will be the first to say what happened in prior games has zero bearing on this one.

    I expect a great game played well by both teams and coming down to late game heroics by one side or the other
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    I look for a close game until the second quarter when refs start throwing lags for phantom holding calls on the Chargers.

  18. tedmurph says:
    January 9, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Troy Brown stripping that ball was one of the cluch plays of all time. He was playing DB! Are you kidding me.
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    All McCree had to do after the interception was fall down and the game was over. Troy stripped the ball when McCree showed both an epic lack of situational awareness and just plain stupidity and tried to run it back.

  19. The high for the day will be in the 20s. The Patriots are used to performing in that type of weather—especially at home.

    In a close game, turnovers will most likely cost the Chargers the chance to advance.

  20. The interception/fumble by Marlon McCree in January 2007 was on FOURTH down. He should have batted the ball down, thereby “gaining” yardage back to the line of scrimmage, and not risking a fumble.

    That play was but one of about a dozen inexcusable blunders committed by the Chargers that day. Had they refrained from just one of those numerous blunders, it might have been enough to reverse the outcome of the game.

  21. You can’t get to and win a Superbowl without beating the best teams. Beating a Dynasty is the next step for the Chargers. Weather will be a factor.

  22. “Brady doesn’t have good weapons this year, even Gronk is below his norm and Edelman has the dropsies”

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    We hear this every year, but there aren’t many teams with a better receiving corps than New England had this year, if we’re being honest. That was especially true when Gordon was around. There aren’t more than a handful of teams that wouldn’t take Edelman, Hogan, Gronkowski, Allen, and a bunch of games from Josh Gordon over their guys. You’re right, they’ve had more issues than normal, but Brady’s played out of sorts too. I think people say this because they simply don’t watch the majority of teams around the league.

    Tampa, L.A. (both teams), and Atlanta have clearly better options. Kansas City really only has two guys in Kelce and Hill who are top ten options at their positions. New England, especially with Gordon, is not that far behind the best in the league. At worst, they’re top ten. That’s hardly the “nobodies” that we keep being told Brady has to suffer with.

  23. The article should have read. “Rivers teams have never Beat the Pat’s”.
    This might be the year. It will be cold in Foxboro.

  24. Denver qbs Brian Griese, Kyle Orton, Jake Plummer, Brock Osweiler and Peyton Manning have all beaten Tom Brady. Aint no big thang. Its time for Phil to man up.

  25. sportswright says:
    January 9, 2019
    Football is a team game, the QBs don’t play one on one. What would their records look like if Rivers were a Patriot and Brady a Charger?
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    As a head coach, Bill would have continued with a losing record as he did in Cleveland and was fired for that. He will of course follow Brady out to preclude being subsequently exposed as the losing coach he was pre-Brady.

  26. Brady is the GOAT. He has 20 years in nfl I’ve pulled for him sense 2000. He’s the BEST Go get them BRADY………

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