• Patriots games up front drive Chargers, Philip Rivers crazy

    5 monthes ago - By Yahoo Sports

    Rivers' style of play - resembling in some ways that of his counterpart Sunday - is a relative rarity in an NFL where mobile quarterbacks have become the norm. Week after week this season, the Patriots defense has done whatever it could to keep athletic passers hemmed in the pocket. But the approach had to change with Rivers, who is for the most part a stationary thrower and was the fifth-highest rated quarterback from the pocket in 2018.
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  • Patriots running back James White had a 15-catch, zero-carry game

    5 monthes ago - By Pro Football Talk

    Patriots running back James White helped demonstrate just how much offensive football is changing on Sunday. In the Patriots' win over the Chargers, White had 15 catches, tying an NFL postseason record. And he had zero carries. The Patriots love throwing the ball to White, who also had a 14-catch game in the Super Bowl
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  • NFL Rumors: ‘Good Chance' Rob Gronkowski Retires Once Patriots Season Ends

    5 monthes ago - By NESN

    Rob Gronkowski caught one pass Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, ultimately rumbling his way to a 25-yard gain, delighting more than 65,000 New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
    The crowd's roar might be the final time Patriots fans get a chance to cheer the tight end's efforts on the Foxboro field, as it seems retirement is a legitimate possibility for No. 87.
    Gronkowski's retirement dance is nothing new, and he even threatened to walk away last spring, but NFL Media's Ian Rapoport doubled down Monday on his previous reporting when discussing Gronkowski's future, saying it's...
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  • Patriots-Chargers Takeaways: New England Reaches Potential At Perfect Time

    5 monthes ago - By NESN

    The 2018 New England Patriots always had talent. They just struggled throughout the season to put it all together into one magical performance.
    That finally came Sunday, when the Patriots' passing attack, run game, pass rush, run defense and special teams combined for a 41-28 complete win over a Los Angeles Chargers team many deemed more talented. The Patriots proved in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs that was not the case.
    Now the Patriots must find something else that was missing through 17 weeks of the regular season: consistency. If the Patriots can put together two more of...
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  • Here's Bill Belichick's Message To Patriots After Win Vs. Chargers

    5 monthes ago - By NESN

    The New England Patriots silenced their doubters , at least momentarily.
    Tom Brady and Co. eviscerated the Los Angeles Chargers , 41-28, in the AFC Divisional Round and it wasn't that close, as New England held a 28-point lead at halftime. The Bolts were expected to be the stiffest test the Patriots had faced to date, but Brady carved up the Chargers' soft-zone coverage and rookie running back Sony Michel had a huge day, rushing for 129 yards and three scores.
    New England advanced to its eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game with the win, and head coach Bill Belichick couldn't have been...
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  • Jason McCourty: Playoff reality “right on par” with expectations

    5 monthes ago - By Pro Football Talk

    For many Patriots players, Sunday's win over the Chargers was the latest in a run of playoff wins. Safety Devin McCourty is one of those players and played in the 20th postseason game of his career. His twin brother Jason doesn't have the same kind of experience, however. Jason McCourty never made the playoffs in
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  • Did Patriots Troll Chargers With This Conveniently Placed Thermometer?

    5 monthes ago - By NESN

    The New England Patriots might be playing mind games with the Los Angeles Chargers.
    The Patriots will host the Chargers on Sunday in an AFC Divisional Round matchup that will be played in sup-freezing temperatures. And if the Chargers didn't know that before , they sure do now, thanks to a thermometer taped to a wall that Philip Rivers and Co. will run by when they take the field.
    Sounds fishy if you ask us.
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