The Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) lost to the New England Patriots 21-13 Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, but New England possessed the ball for nearly 37 minutes and quarterback Tom Brady threw for 333 yards and a touchdown to end Los Angeles' three-game winning streak.
For the second consecutive game though, the Chargers struck first. On a 2nd-and-9 in the first quarter, Gordon outran New England's defense for an 87-yard touchdown. It was a career-long for Gordon and tied a record for the longest rushing touchdown in franchise history (Paul Lowe, 1961).
The Patriots responded on their next offensive possession with a 14-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown pass from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski.
In the second quarter, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa sacked Brady to give him the most sacks (19) by any NFL player in his first 20 games. Bosa now has 8.5 sacks on the season.
Momentum shifted to New England a few plays later when AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Travis Benjamin — trying to make something out of nothing on a punt return — was tackled in the end zone, resulting in a safety. The Patriots led 15-7 at halftime.
After being held scoreless in the second and third quarters, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers found Benjamin for a 24-yard touchdown reception in the fourth. The two-point conversion failed, making the score 18-13 with 8:30 remaining in the game.
A Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 1:08 remaining increased the Patriots lead to 21-13. The Chargers drove down to New England's 23-yard line, but Rivers was intercepted on the final play of the game by cornerback Jonathan Jones.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had four catches for 61 yards. Rivers finished the game 17-of-30 for 212 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
After the upcoming bye week, the Chargers open the second half of the season on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Nov. 12th at 10 a.m. Pacific on CBS.
The Chargers take on New England for a Week 8 battle at Gillette Stadium