Rivers, Chargers look to finish dominance by Brady, Patriots

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13 Jan 2019, 03:25 IST
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady usually shrugs off any point out of information or milestones he units.

However even he needed to chuckle on the one he and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will mark once they meet in Sunday’s divisional playoffs.

Brady, who will probably be 41 years and 163 days previous, and Rivers, at 37 years and 36 days previous, will mix to be the oldest pair of quarterbacks to face one another in an NFL playoff sport, breaking the mark Brady held with Peyton Manning.

“Good,” Brady stated of the upcoming footnote. “Good and previous.”

Sunday will probably be simply the fourth playoff assembly between the groups, with the Patriots holding a 2-1 edge.

Rivers enters Sunday with a 1-7 file towards the Patriots, together with 0-Four in video games in Foxborough and 0-2 within the playoffs. Rivers earned his lone victory towards New England through the 2008 common season, when the Chargers had been nonetheless in San Diego. Brady was sidelined for that sport by a knee damage and Matt Cassel began in his place.

Brady is 7-Zero as a starter towards Rivers .

The Patriots (11-5), who captured their 10th straight AFC East title this season, will probably be in search of their eighth consecutive journey to the AFC title sport.

The Chargers (13-4) have not even been to the convention title sport since dropping 21-12 to the Patriots through the 2007 season.

Rivers performed in that sport simply days faraway from tearing the ACL in his proper knee. He limped his approach by way of it whereas being intercepted twice and failing to throw a landing move.

It is grow to be the toughness model for a quarterback that hasn’t missed a sport since turning into the Chargers starter in 2006.

Rivers, who led his staff to 5 wins in its final six regular-season video games and a street win at Baltimore within the wild-card spherical final week , stated he is tried to maintain previous shortcomings towards New England out of his thoughts this week.

“It is not one thing you consider a complete lot,” he stated. “It exists and it is there however once more, and I imply this, I do not really feel that I am taking part in Tom. Actually, it is a Tom Brady-led staff and we all know how issues work with the quarterback and the top coach which have the file hooked up to it. We have got a heck of a problem.”

It can even be an opportunity to earn a signature win for second-year Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, who has steered Los Angeles by way of its relocation and a season that included a sport in London.

To have one other probability at this stage of his profession to notch a playoff win towards a New England staff that has been the usual within the convention is a chance not misplaced on Rivers.

“Fired as much as have a shot,” Rivers stated.

Listed below are some issues to look at for in Sunday’s sport:

ROAD WARRIORS

One factor that offers the Chargers confidence heading into Foxborough is their file away from Los Angeles this season.

The Chargers are dealing with a Patriots staff that’s 8-Zero in Gillette Stadium this season. However Los Angeles is 8-1 on the street , with its lone blemish coming towards the crosstown Los Angeles Rams.

“We’ve got a tricky soccer staff, little question. I imagine that. I believe occurring the street, it actually does not faze this staff,” Lynn stated.

“We love ball, we like taking part in soccer, we like competing and we all know going into Foxborough, they’re undefeated there and so they’re robust to beat, interval. It does not matter the place you play the Patriots; they’re robust to beat.”

TOUGH STREAK

Along with incomes his first postseason win over New England, Rivers can even be making an attempt to assist the Chargers finish their current struggles within the divisional spherical.

Every of the Chargers’ previous three journeys to the playoffs have ended on this spherical — 24-17 to Denver in 2013, 17-14 to the New York Jets in 2009 and 35-24 to Pittsburgh in 2008.

GORDON’S A GO

Chargers operating again Melvin Gordon is anticipated to be energetic Sunday, regardless of lacking the primary observe of the week to relaxation the knee damage he sustained of their wild-card win over the Ravens. He was restricted for Thursday’s exercise, however faraway from the damage report on Friday.

Los Angeles’ offense is at its greatest when Gordon can take the strain off Rivers. He had an 87-yard landing in final yr’s regular-season assembly with the Patriots. He additionally has 12 touchdowns within the Chargers’ previous 9 video games on the street, together with playoffs.

WEATHER FACTOR

The forecast for Sunday in Foxborough is 29 levels, which not too long ago has been an excellent factor for the Patriots.

They’re 13-Zero at residence since 2011 in video games wherein the temperature was 32 levels or colder .

The Chargers contemplated staying on the East Coast after final week’s sport in Baltimore, however in the end determined to return to California to observe.

Patriots coach Invoice Belichick is not relying on the climate being that a lot of a bonus, although.

“They are a good soccer staff. We’re taking part in the Chargers. We’re not taking part in the climate,” he stated. “No matter it’s, it’s.”

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