Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots RECAP, score and stats (10/29/17)

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The Los Angeles Chargers (3-4), led by quarterback Philip Rivers, met the New England Patriots (5-2), led by quarterback Tom Brady, in an AFC matchup in NFL Week 8 action on Sunday, October 29, 2017 (10/29/17) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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Here’s the AP recap:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady passed for 333 yards and a touchdown, Stephen Gostkowski added four field goals and the New England Patriots held on to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 21-13 on Sunday.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Patriots (6-2). The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Chargers.

Los Angeles (3-5) got on the board first when Melvin Gordon found a seam on the outside and rumbled down the sideline for an 87-yard touchdown run . But the rest of the game was marked by Los Angeles’ mistakes and inability to move the ball offensively.

New England got its lone touchdown via a 2-yard toss from Brady to Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter. The Patriots went 1 for 4 in the red zone, but were able to cobble together the Gostkowki field goals and a safety.

The Chargers cut the Patriots’ lead to 18-13 with 8:30 to play following a 24-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Travis Benjamin and failed 2-point conversion pass. They got the ball back a final time after New England added Gostkowski’s fourth field goal. But Rivers’ pass with 1 second remaining was intercepted at the goal line by Jonathan Jones.

Rivers finished 17 of 30 for 212 yards.

Los Angeles’ mistakes were highlighted in a wild way in the second quarter when Benjamin muffed a punt inside the Chargers 15, recovered it and retreated all the way to own goal line while trying to reverse field. He was wrapped up there by New England’s Brandon King and tackled in the end zone for a safety.

Rivers had a similarly head-scratching play early in the third quarter when he rolled to the outside to escape the pass rush, but had the ball slip out of his hands for a fumble. He recovered, but the play resulted in a 20-yard loss and a sack credited to Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Other than Gordon’s touchdown run, the Chargers were mostly ineffective offensively in the opening 30 minutes. They ran only 19 total plays. By comparison, New England passed the ball 26 times in the first two quarters.

INJURIES

Chargers: LB Hayes Pullard left the field after a collision late in the fourth quarter.

Patriots: RT Marcus Cannon left in the first half with an ankle injury. … WR Chris Hogan left with a shoulder injury from the same collision with Pullard.

LONG RUN

Gordon’s 87-yard touchdown matched the longest run in Chargers history. Paul Lowe also had an 87- yard run against the Dallas Texans in 1961.

FAMILIAR TARGET

Rob Gronkowski’s first-quarter touchdown catch from Brady marked the 72nd time the two of them have connected for a score. It is the most TDs among any NFL duo since Gronkowski entered the league in 2010.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Bye week, at Jaguars on Nov. 12.

Patriots: Bye week, at Broncos on Nov. 12.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

When: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV: CBS

Livestream: CBS Sports Online

Line: Patriots -7.5

Chargers notes: QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 2 TDs & 105.1 rating last week. Has 8 TDs vs. 1 INT for 96.3 rating in past 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating. Has 300+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 meetings. Has 3,967 career comp. & needs 22 to pass HOFer WARREN MOON (3,988) for 8th most in NFL history. * RB MELVIN GORDON has 357 scrimmage yards (119 per game) with 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in past 3. Is only NFL player since 2016 with 2,000+ scrimmage yards (2,038), 12+ rush TDs (13) & 5+ rec. TDs (6). Ties for 2nd in NFL with 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush). Rookie RB AUSTIN EKELER had TD catch last week. * WR KEENAN ALLEN has 487 rec. yards, 6th most in AFC. WR-PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN had TD catch & 65-yard PR-TD last week & is 1st Charger with rec. TD & PR-TD in same game since ERIC METCALF (11/30/97). TE HUNTER HENRY has 10 TD catches since entering league in 2016, 2nd most among NFL TEs. * DE JOEY BOSA had 2 sacks last week. Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. Has 5 games with 2+ sacks since entering league in 2016, tied for most in NFL. Ties for 4th in NFL with 18 sacks since 2016. Bosa (7.5 sacks) & DE MELVIN INGRAM (8.5) are only pair of NFL teammates with 7+ sacks each. Ingram had sack in Week 7. Ranks 2nd in AFC with 8.5 sacks. DE CHRIS MC CAIN had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. CB CASEY HAYWARD had INT in Week 7. Has 8 INTs since 2016, tied for most in NFL. S JAHLEEL ADDAE had 8 tackles & FF in last meeting.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Patriots notes: QB TOM BRADY completed 21 of 29 (72.4 pct.) for 249 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.2 rating last week. Leads NFL with 2,208 pass yards, ranks 2nd with 108.4 rating & ties for 2nd with 15 TD passes. Has passed for 2,119 yards (302.7 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 97.6 rating in 7 career meetings. Has 740 pass yards (370 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 112.2 rating in past 2 vs. Chargers. * RB JAMES WHITE had TD catch last week. Leads team & ranks 2nd among NFL RBs with 38 catches. Has 10 rec. TDs since 2015, most among NFL RBs. RB DION LEWIS led team with 76 rush yards in Week 7. Has rush TD in 2 of past 4. * TE ROB GRONKOWSKI ranks 2nd among NFL TEs with 452 rec. yards & ties for 2nd with 4 TD catches. Has 4 TD catches in 3 career meetings. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR BRANDIN COOKS had TD catch in Week 7. Has 322 rec. yards (80.5 per game) with 3 TD catches in past 4 at home. WR CHRIS HOGAN has 5 TD catches in past 5 at home (incl. playoffs). Ties for 4th in NFL with 5 rec. TDs. * S DEVIN MC COURTY is only NFL safety with 50+ tackles (52) & INT (1) in 2017. CB MALCOLM BUTLER is 1 of 4 in NFL with 8+ INTs (8) & 35+ PD (39) since 2015. LB KYLE VAN NOY had 3.5 sacks in past 4. DE TREY FLOWERS has 3 sacks in past 4 at home. CB STEPHON GILMORE is 1 of 6 NFL players with 15+ INTs (15) & 60+ PD (64) since 2012. DE CASSIUS MARSH blocked FG in Week 7. — NFL Communications



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