Los Angeles Chargers hang tough, but fall to Patriots in Foxborough

Los Angeles Chargers hang tough, but fall to Patriots in Foxborough

Los Angeles Chargers hang tough, but fall to Patriots in Foxborough

Rivers finished the day 17 of 30 for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Nick Novak missed a 51-yard field goal attempt on the team's first drive.

New England's pass defense had been culpable for the large number of big plays against it earlier in the season, but this time, an error in the run game proved costly. Safety help was nonexistent and Cassius Marsh got pushed off the edge badly to help Gordon's run along.

Tom Brady (he's 40, you know) had a solid game aside from his offense's troubles in the red zone, completing 32 of his 47 passes for 333 yards, while nimbly avoiding Chargers pressure the bulk of the contest.

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In the second quarter, Benjamin fielded a punt, but bobbled the ball as he caught it. The Patriots were able to tackle him in the end zone for a safety. Adding insult to injury for the Chargers was the fact they committed holding on the return, a penalty which was obviously declined.

The Patriots' bye week could not come at a better time as the Hogan injury is one of many the club has sustained over the first half of the season.

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Benjamin pulled off what might just be the worst punt return in National Football League history. The next time the Patriots take the field will be November 12 on Sunday Night Football against the Denver Broncos.

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