Chargers vs Patriots: The New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional NFL playoffs 2019 game on Sunday. The second seeded New England Patriots playing their first game of the postseason will host the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium.
One of the dominating storylines heading into today’s divisional round playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers is quarterback Philip Rivers’ record against his opponent: a Rivers-led team has never beaten the Patriots when they had Tom Brady under center, losing all seven meetings dating back to 2006. However, past performance has little impact on today’s matchup between the two clubs.
The Patriots’ divisional matchup with the Chargers kicks off at 1:05 p.m. The game will air on CBS. The game-time temperature is projected to be about 25, but it will feel like 18.
Los Angeles beat Baltimore 23-17 in a wild-card round game last week, while New England had a first-round bye. The Chargers went 12-4 during the regular season, while the Patriots went 11-5.
Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley might be feeling the most pressure going into Sunday’s AFC divisional-round game at New England.
Bradley’s game plan of using seven defensive backs to neutralize Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson resulted in a 23-17 win. His challenge this week is coming up with the right strategy to contain Patriots QB and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.
Bradley isn’t tipping his hand about using seven DBs for a second straight week, saying each opponent is different.
“I learned through Larry Coyer when I was in Tampa about the importance of personnel placement,” Bradley said on Thursday. “We talk about personnel placement every week. I think for that game, that was more of a decision we made for that game and every week is different.”