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The team blew past the visiting Los Angeles Chargers with a score of 41-28 and was in control from start to finish White Devin McCourty Jerseys , despite L.A. adding some points late in the fourth quarter. It was a statement win and the Patriots’ best of the season. Let’s take a look at those who stood out during Sunday’s contest, for better or worse.Winner: QB Tom BradyReportedly fully healed from a sprained MCL suffered in week 10, Tom Brady played an outstanding game against a good Chargers defense — proving that he is still a force to be reckoned with. The 41-year old was in a rhythm from start to finish, spread the football around well, and made tremendous decisions while completing 34 of 44 pass attempts for 343 yards and a touchdown. It was a vintage Brady performance.Winner: The coaching staffNew England came out perfectly prepared for an opponent that actually won more games during the regular season than the Patriots. While the players and their execution deserve plenty of praise, so does the coaching staff. The offense was unstoppable and up four scores before the Chargers even knew what hit them, the defense creatively pressured Philip Rivers all day, and the special teams eliminated the big play return threat. In the playoffs, coaching can very well be the difference and New England still is best in that category.Winner: WR Julian EdelmanIn his first playoff game since Super Bowl 51, Julian Edelman was outstanding. The veteran wide receiver was New England’s top downfield receiving threat and finished the day with nine catches for a team-high (and personal season-high) 151 yards. While Los Angeles attempted to defend the Patriots by using speed in their secondary, the team had no answer to the shifty Edelman.Winner: DE Trey FlowersIn what might have been his last game at Gillette Stadium — he is scheduled to become a free agent in two months — Trey Flowers showed why he is the Patriots’ best front seven defender. The 25-year old dominated at the point of attack and was a big reason why the Chargers’ passing offense never got in a rhythm by consistently moving people or getting into the backfield on stunts. All in all, Flowers registered a sack, a tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits.Winner: RB Sony MichelThe rookie’s first playoff game was a highly successful one. Not only did Sony Michel find the end zone three times, he also dominated the rest of the way. Running behind an excellent offensive line — more on that later — the first-round draft selection gained 129 yards on 24 carries and helped the Patriots control the flow of the game from the get-go. Michel showed burst, tremendous vision, and speed in the open field.Winner: DT Adam ButlerWhile the stat sheet has him with just one tackle and one quarterback hit, it does not tell the whole story of Adam Butler’s game. The second-year man led all Patriots defensive tackles in playing time and was very good at challenging the interior of the Chargers’ offensive line Devin McCourty Jerseys 2019 , and opening up things for those around him. New England’s coaching staff trusted Butler to perform despite the high volume of snaps, and he delivered.Loser: Team disciplineIf there is one blemish — and yes, it is nit-picking — coming out of yesterday’s game it is the Patriots’ relatively high number of penalties. Referee Ron Torbert flagged the team nine times on the day, resulting in a loss of 75 yards. Of course, New England was up from the start so the penalties did not hurt that much but they still negated two big plays. The Patriots need to work on this moving into the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium next week.Winner: The offensive lineThe Chargers have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL and the Patriots dominated them at will. In run blocking, Dante Scarnecchia’s unit paved the way for 156 yards on 32 non-kneel down carries — a very good 4.9 yards per run — while it also kept Tom Brady pretty much clean for the day: while he was hit twice, the quarterback was not sacked even once. Star pass rushers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa were a non-factor, and the Patriots’ blockers up front were a big reason for that.Winner: The lead blockers (Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, James Develin)Some of the praise for the Patriots’ impressive outing in the trenches has to go to the lead blockers as well — they had a very good day. Dwayne Allen and James Develin were their usual solid selves in rotational roles, while Rob Gronkowski stood out in particular. On multiple occasions he sealed the edge in the run game, took on pass rushers, and showed why he is still an excellent player in this part of the day. Even though he finished with just one 25-yard catch, Gronkowski was one of the best players on the field yesterday.Winner: LB Dont’a HightowerDont’a Hightower’s 2018 campaign started inconsistently, but the veteran has since grown into the player the Patriots re-signed on a four-year, $35.5 million contract two years ago — and he was at his best on Sunday. The 28-year old was active as a pass rusher, communicated well from the heart of the defense, and also was a major factor in limiting the impact of Los Angeles’ dangerous running back duo. In his first playoff game since Super Bowl 51 White Isaiah Wynn Jerseys , Hightower showed that he is still capable of making game-changing plays.Winner: RB James WhiteDuring last year’s regular season meeting, the Chargers had no answer for James White as a pass catcher. Yesterday was more of the same, as the 26-year old had a dominant performance as Tom Brady’s number one target: the quarterback threw 17 passes towards him, with the back catching 15 of them — tying an NFL postseason record — for 97 yards. White being an option in the short passing game helped negate the pass rush and New England to establish an offensive rhythm from the start on. TEAM TALKPost Game Notes: Chargers at Patriots - Patriots advance to eighth-straight conference championship game. Gamebook: Full Chargers-Patriots stats.Erik Scalavino recaps the win from the press box at Gillette Stadium: Another AFC title run.Paul Perillo shares his observations as the Patriots dominated the Chargers, 41-28, to advance to their eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game.Andy Hart’s Stock Watch: Brady, Michel lead total team domination of Chargers.Post Game Quotes: Patriots and Chargers.Post Game Pressers: Bill Belichick (7.37 min. video) - Tom Brady (4.35 min. video) - Devin McCourty (6.39 min. video) - Sony Michel (2.36 min. video) - Rob Gronkowski (5.38 min. video) - James White (3.25 min. video)Press Pass: Julian Edelman, Stephon Gilmore and more. (1.41 min. video)Patriots Nation: Fans from across the country celebrate the Patriots victory. (49 sec. video)LOCAL LINKSTom E. Curran’s Hard Truths: It took just 30 minutes for the Patriots to put together their most complete domination of a team in almost two years.Kevin Duffy writes that given the opponent, this was as close to a perfect game as the Patriots have played in years. D.J. Bean’s Must-read recap: Not as close as the score indicates, Pats roll over Chargers.Tom E. Curran observes how the Chargers came undone in spectacular fashion against the Patriots.Doug Kyed gives his his Pats-Bolts takeaways: New England reaches potential at perfect time.Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the beat down of the Chargers: 1. Patriots’ offensive game plan a stroke of genius from Josh McDaniels.Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five things we learned from the Patriots win over the Chargers: 1. The week off served Brady well.Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Charge Complete: Patriots overpower Chargers 41-28; reach 8th straight AFC Championship Game.Mike Petraglia recaps the rout of the Chargers in an electric performance by the Pats.Tom Keegan sees the Patriots offense heading to Kansas City with guns blazing.Ryan Hannable talks up how Tom Brady was outstanding in yesterday’s win.Mike Reiss points out how in the biggest moment of the Patriots’ season, Sony Michel delivered a standout performance.Brendan C. Hall lauds Phillip Dorsett stepping up when the Patriots needed it most.Karen Guregian points how the defense was pretty dominant in its own right during the 41-28 rout, as most of the Bolts points came in garbage time.Ryan Hannable mentions how the Patriots defense loved frustrating Philip Rivers Sunday: ‘I was kind of laughing.’Michael Hurley gives us a look at all of the records either set, tied, added to, or approached by the Patriots on Sunday.Kevin Duffy Patriots notebook: Trent Brown, Marcus Cannon shut down Chargers pass rush.Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Rob Gronkowski’s quiet contributions vs. Chargers garner praise.Michael Hurley picks Four Ups and Four Downs from Pats-Bolts: Sony Michel topped the 100-yard mark 鈥?before halftime.Matt Vautour admits the Patriots looked outstanding in all phases of the game yesterday, but calls the win nothing more than “a happy result in an unpredictable season.” Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Randomness from Patriots’ thrashing of Chargers. ‘Late in Sunday’s divisional game the Bolts tried to force the Patriots into a lost possession via the onside kick. For some strange reason they kicked the ball at Nate Ebner twice in a row.’Kevin Duffy shares his live Gameday Replay journal, following the game as it played out.Mike Petraglia urges the haters to go ahead and doubt the Patriots in Kansas City Isaiah Wynn Jerseys 2019 , Tom Brady will thank you later.Evan Marinofsky passes around the national media salt shaker after Sunday’s dominant win.NATIONAL NEWSNFL Game Center ( Chargers at Patriots: Recap, stats, drives, highlights.Jenny Vrentas (SI) Against the Chargers, Tom Brady and the Patriots look better than they have all season.Ian O’Connor (ESPN) Never bury Tom Brady: The GOAT was toast in K.C. -- now he’s back.Michael Shapiro (SI) Patriots reach eighth-straight AFC Championship game with victory over Chargers.Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) Tom Brady-Bill Belichick dynasty isn’t done embarrassing rest of NFL just yet. /Freeman gets it. Well worth a read.Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Patriots destroy Chargers, Tom Brady heads to 13th AFC Championship Game.Judy Battista ( Patriots dismantle Chargers, prove they’re as dangerous as ever.Marc Sessler ( Patriots destroy Chargers to reach AFC title game.Charles P. Pierce (SI) Patriots’ development of a power run game makes them dangerous.Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady on ‘underdog’ Patriots: ‘I know everybody thinks we suck’.Mike Jones (USA Today) Opinion: Doubt the Patriots at your own peril in the playoffs.John Breech (CBS Sports) Chargers-Patriots weather: Bill Belichick utilizing mental warfare on frigid day to conquer Chargers in pregame.Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Patriots vs. Chargers takeaways: New England rolls, sets up Chiefs rematch in AFC Championship Game.Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Now, only Patrick Mahomes II can save us from another Patriots Super Bowl appearance.Conor Orr (SI) Sunday Freakout: NFL Divisional Round Takeaways. Saints knock out champs, Patriots look dominant, Chiefs exorcise demons.Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Defenses, the ground game and the powerhouse Patriots: On to Championship Week.Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Divisional Weekend: Doobie Pump and a big piece of cheese—How the Saints saved their season.Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Playoff Pile: Patriots dynasty not dead, Saints survive and more from the divisional round.Don Banks’ Snap Judgments: Musings, observations and the occasional insight on a Divisional round playoff weekend that was owned by the four home teams.Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers from the NFL’s Divisional Round: A pro tip to defensive coordinators in the future: Try not to unveil your radical defensive changes the week before you play Bill Belichick.VIEW FROM LOS ANGELESHelene Elliott (LA Times) Patriots put Chargers in their place while taking usual place in eighth consecutive AFC title game.Mike DiGiovanna (LA Times) Patriots’ Tom Brady was in a zone against the Chargers’ porous defense.Jeff Miller (LA Times) Chargers are done early in 41-28 loss to Patriots.Tom Krasovic (San Diego Union-Tribune) Chargers’ season ends with playoff pounding by Patriots.Ricky Henne & Hayley Elwood ( Quick observations from the 41-28 loss to the PatriotsTom Krasovic (San Diego Union-Tribune) Due to Patriots and another L, old Chargers Rivers and Gates are running out of time.Ricky Henne ( Chargers stung by season’s abrupt end.
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