The Patriots won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half, electing to give the Chargers possession to begin the game. Left with just 1:08 and no time outs, Rivers led his team all the way down to the Patriots' 23-yard line. The punt placed the Chargers at their own 12-yard-line. Coming into the game, New England had scored on 53.33 percent of their red zone visits in 2017, only 16th-best in the league.
The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Melvin Gordon ripped off an 87-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Tom Brady (he's 40, you know) had a solid game aside from his offense's troubles in the red zone, completing 32 of his 47 passes for 333 yards, while nimbly avoiding Chargers pressure the bulk of the contest.
New England stalled out on its next drive, partially due to Joey Bosa's 9-yard sack of Brady to set up a third-and-long. After touching the punt at his own 11-yard line and scooping up the ball at the 8-yard line, Benjamin made a decision to run backwards to create some separation.
The Patriots have been able to get to their bye week in great position at 6-2, even with a season-ending injury to wide receiver Julian Edelman, and time missed by tight end Rob Gronkowski.