Chargers News: Bolts’ stagnant offense gives Patriots 23-14 victory

SAN DIEGO — The numbers don’t lie.

A common saying that the New England Patriots proved true yet again Sunday night.

With the 23-14 win Sunday night, the Tom Brady-led Pats improved to 46-7 in December and extended their victory after a loss streak to 10 games.

Meanwhile Philip Rivers fell to a dismal 1-7 against Bill Belichick’s Patriots.

The main reason for the seventh loss: pressure.

Excluding a second quarter touchdown to Malcom Floyd, it seemed the Bolts had no answer for New England’s pass rush that tallied four sacks. Rookie center Chris Watt was manhandled multiple times by linebacker Jamie Collins as Rivers voiced his displeasure with the offensive line throughout the night. 

The Chargers had just one drive over double-digits in the entire game and had zero drives over five plays in the second half. A statistic that will win few games against a Bill Belichick-coached team.

The Achilles’ heel for the Bolts remained as the running game was nonexistent in the second half.

In fact, the Chargers ran the ball just four times in the second half (all in the third quarter) for negative 11 yards. Ryan Mathews had a couple explosive runs early on, but was not allowed to get going, having just one carry after the first half.

Rivers finished 20-33 for 189 yards with one touchdown and one interception. 

The primary reason for Rivers’ poor performance: Darrelle Revis. The Pro Bowl cornerback was thrown at just one time and shut down Keenan Allen for most of the night. Allen was held to just three yards on two catches. 

However, the Bolts defense played outstanding. Although they allowed 23 points, they had a fumble return for a touchdown, an interception and prevented New England from scoring touchdowns on three possessions. But it wasn’t enough as the Golden Boy got his way leading the Patriots to 10 points in the second half while San Diego was shut out.

The Chargers now fall two games behind the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos and play them next Sunday at the Q. 

Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE


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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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