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Chargers Ride Defense in Shutout Win Over Patriots


The Bolts are 5-7 after getting a 6-0 win over the Patriots on Sunday.

Here is a game recap from Week 13:

First Quarter

Derwin James, Jr., Keenan Allen and Sebastian Joseph-Day were the Chargers captains. The Bolts won the toss and elected to defer as the Chargers began on defense. Both teams went three-and-out to start the game before the Patriots converted three times on third-and-short to get past midfield. But Tuli Tuipulotu put an end to the Patriots drive all by himself when he forced and recovered a fumble to give the ball back to the Bolts.

The Bolts took over on their own 32 but couldn't take advantage as they went three-and-out on three straight run plays. JK Scott then pinned New England deep with a 53-yard punt that was downed at the 6-yard line by AJ Finley. New England with three-and-out but a 70-yard punt, with no return, flipped the field and gave the Bolts the ball at their own 18. Justin Herbert found Gerald Everett on back-to-back plays to get past midfield as the game was scoreless at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter

The Chargers couldn't get into field goal range as Scott pinned the Patriots at the 9 after a punt. New England then went three-and-out as the Bolts took over in New England territory at the 47. The Chargers took advantage of the short field and got on the board as Cameron Dicker hit a 38-yard field goal for an early 3-0 lead. New England then drove to midfield before the Bolts defense held strong and forced yet another punt. The Bolts moved the chains twice before the drive stalled and the Bolts were forced to punt. Scott pinned the Patriots inside the 10-yard line once again as New England started at its own 9. The Patriots went three-and-out before Derius Davis ripped off a 34-yard punt return down to the New England 27. Dicker later added another 38-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 6-0 advantage at halftime.

Third Quarter

The Chargers began with the ball but went three-and-out on three straight incompletions before Scott once again pinned the Patriots inside the 20. New England drove into Bolts territory but back-to-back sacks from Justin Hollins and Khalil Mack ended the threat and forced a punt. The Bolts faced third-and-8 at their own 9 before Herbert found Quentin Johnston for 27 yards. The Chargers then got into Patriots territory with a 16-yard pass to Keenan Allen that was his 100th catch of the season, but the drive stalled again as Scott delivered a masterful punt that went out of bounds at the 2. New England drove to midfield and faced a fourth down as the third quarter came to a close.

Fourth Quarter

The teams traded punts early in the fourth quarter before New England broke off a 39-yard run to get into Chargers territory. But the Bolts defense stymied New England again as Eric Kendricks and James recorded back-to-back sacks to force a turnover on downs.

The offense, however, couldn't extend the lead as Scott set a Bolts single-game franchise record with his seventh punt inside the 20-yard line. New England picked up a pair of first downs before the Bolts forced three straight incompletions and a turnover on downs. The Chargers took over at their own 42 with 1 minute and 58 seconds left and ran the ball three twice to drain the clock and force the Patriots to use all of their timeouts. Herbert then hit Alex Erickson for a first down to ice the game on a 23-yard pass. The Chargers moved to 5-7 with a 6-0 win.

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