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Patriots and Chargers go at it again

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-propicks&amp;prov=ap&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    <a href="http://www.chargers.com/assets/166/31607.jpg"><img class="alignnone" title="Chargers vs Patriots" src="http://www.chargers.com/assets/166/31607.jpg" alt="" width="314" height="149" /></a>

    By Dave Goldberg

    A year ago, the San Diego Chargers were 2-3, just as they are now. They went on to the AFC championship game against New England, which just happens to be the team they play Sunday night at home.

    "It gives you a confidence that you can do it, but you know that it's obviously different," LaDainian Tomlinson says of the challenges of overcoming a slow start.

    "At this time last year it wasn't New England, Buffalo and the Saints on the schedule the next three weeks. It's a different year and for us we've just got to find a way to put it together."

    The Chargers are favored by six points, in large part because the Patriots quarterback is Matt Cassel instead of Tom Brady, who wrecked his knee in the season opener. Cassel is breaking out of coach Bill Belichick's "be careful" box, though, throwing a 66-yard TD pass to Randy Moss in San Francisco last week.

    The Patriots are staying in the Bay Area for the week rather than spending nearly 12 hours in the air flying home and back over the weekend. Arizona did the same on the East Coast a couple of weeks ago after losing in Washington and ended up getting blown out by the Jets in the second game.

    Don't expect that in a game that's becoming an annual fixture-its the fifth time the Chargers and Patriots have met in the last four seasons. The Patriots have won the last three, including their 21-12 win in Foxborough in last season's title game and 24-21 the year before in San Diego, a playoff game the Chargers gave away.

    San Diego is perfectly capable of giving away games: it did so in its first two, against Carolina and at Denver, where referee Ed Hochuli helped a bit. So LT is right with his words of caution.

    Especially against the Patriots.

    CHARGERS 24-21.

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