Patriots vs Chargers: A look at how the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots match up for an AFC divisional playoff game. Be prepared for a very cold afternoon at Gillette Stadium when the New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in an AFC Divisional Round playoff matchup.
Arguably no other game in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs is more evenly matched than the tilt that will go down in Foxboro, Mass., 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.
The Chargers had a better regular-season record than the Patriots, but were unable to win the AFC West. They fought off a late comeback by the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card round, advancing by earning the 23-17 victory at M&T Bank Stadium. New England, meanwhile, is hoping to put a less than stellar (by its standards) regular season in the past and reach its eighth straight AFC Championship.
The New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional NFL playoffs 2019 game on Sunday.
Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m. Central, 1:05 p.m. Eastern, with the game to be broadcast live via CBS. The Patriots are a 4-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.
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.”