Patriots at Chargers NFL Week 14 Capsule

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (8-4)

SERIES

PATRIOTS CHARGERS
SERIES LEADER 20-14-2
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 7-5 McCoy: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 26-21 at Packers W 34-33 at Ravens
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Chargers 21 at Patriots 35. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 423 yards & 3 TDs. Patriots WR Deion Branch has 129 receiving yards & TE Rob Gronkowski adds 2 TD catches.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/10: Patriots 23 at Chargers 20. New England RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis records rushing TD & Gronkowski adds receiving TD. Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski kicks 3 FGs.
BROADCAST NBC (5:30 PM PT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (NE), 92 (SD). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NE), 226 (SD).

STATS

PASSING Brady: 293-452-3243-28 (3C)-6-101.1 Rivers: 282-408-3218-25-10-102.8 (3C)
RUSHING Vereen: 81-346-4.3-1 Oliver (R): 118-431-3.7-2
RECEIVING Edelman: 77-743-9.6-2
  1. Allen: 72-762-10.6-4
OFFENSE 380.4 346.2
TAKE/GIVE +11 (T1C) -1
DEFENSE 360.9 331.8
SACKS Ninkovich: 6 Liuget: 3.5
INTs 3 tied: 2 Flowers: 3
PUNTING Allen: 45.7 Scifres: 45.7
KICKING Gostkowski: 120 (1C) (42/42 PAT; 26/28 FG) Novak: 91 (31/31 PAT; 20/21 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTS: Needs win to join SF (1983-98) as only NFL teams to win 10+ games in 14 consec. seasons. Have won 7 of past 8…In past 8, QB TOM BRADY has 2,452 pass yards (306.5/game) with 24 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 110.7 rating. In last meeting, passed for 423 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 135.7 rating. Pats are 24-0 when Brady posts 130+ rating (incl. playoffs)…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT led team with 58 rush yards on 10 att. (5.8 avg.) last week. In past 6 with Pats (incl. playoffs), has rushed for 573 yards & 10 TDs…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 86 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. In past 8 overall, has 52 catches for 763 yards & 6 TDs. Has 5 TDs in past 5. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads NFL with 51 rec. TD. WR BRANDON LA FELL had 2 TDs last week & has career-high 7 in 2014. TE TIM WRIGHT has 6 TDs in past 8…DT VINCE WILFORK had 1st career INT in last meeting. In past 7, LB ROB NINKOVICH has 5 sacks, INT & FR. Had sack in last meeting. LB JAMIE COLLINS posted 1st career sack last week…CHARGERS: In past 3 vs. NE, QB PHILIP RIVERS has completed 81 of 117 (69.2 pct.) for 1,020 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 102.5 rating. Has 2+ TDs in 8 of past 11. Has 246 pass TDs & needs 4 to join HOFer DAN FOUTS (254) as only Chargers to reach 250 career…In last meeting, RB RYAN MATHEWS had 126 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 62 rec.) with rush TD…TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 10th all-time with 96 TD catches & needs 3 to tie HOFer DON HUTSON (99). Needs 1 TD to become 1st TE in NFL history with 4 career 10+ TD seasons. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4 vs. NE. WR KEENAN ALLEN had career-high 11 catches for 121 yards & 2 TDs vs. Bal. WR EDDIE ROYAL has 9+ catches in 2 of 3 career meetings…S ERIC WEDDLE leads team with 76 tackles. Has 13 INTs since 2011, most in AFC. LB DONALD BUTLER had sack in last meeting.


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