The New England Patriots are heading to the playoffs this weekend as they take on the Los Angeles Chargers. Patriots play-by-play announcer Bob Socci joined SportsScene with Steve Russell Wednesday to talk about Sunday’s matchup.
The Patriots will enter Sunday’s game coming off of a bye week. In their last game of the regular season, New England blew out the Jets, winning by a score of 38-3. Socci said the team went into that game with a playoff mentality.
He also spoke about the creativity the team has shown throughout the season. Dealing with injuries to Rob Gronkowski and losing Danny Amendola to free agency, Socci said New England’s 11-5 record speaks to the improvements they have been able to make.
Brady vs. Rivers
Sunday’s matchup will be the eighth time quarterbacks Tom Brady and Philip Rivers have faced each other. Rivers has come up short in each game so far, going 0-7 against Brady. However, almost all seven matchups had close final scores.
The #Chargers are 0-7 against Tom Brady and the Patriots, including playoffs, since Philip Rivers became the starter in 2006
Rivers’ lone career win vs NE came in 2008 against the Matt Cassel-led #Patriots
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 6, 2019
The Chargers will be on the road for Sunday’s game, likely taking the field in extremely cold conditions. However, despite changes in temperature, LA has been a good team on the road this season. With a 7-0 record away from the city of Los Angeles, adjusting to Foxborough might not be too big of an issue for this team.
On the flip side, all five of New England’s losses came on the road, meaning they are undefeated at home this season. Socci said the Patriots played uncharacteristically in each of those losses.
Socci said he expects the Chargers to be strong defensively, especially having four rushers. With Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram leading the way, pressure will be put on Brady. LA’s physical defense could pose a challenge to the Patriots.
- Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has been added to their active roster. Henry tore his ACL over seven months ago.
- New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he will return to the team in 2019. McDaniels interviewed for the head coach position in Green Bay.
- Sunday’s kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 9, 2019