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

Los Angles Chargers receiver Travis Benjamin arguably made one of the worst plays in football history when he chose to run to during a punt return in the second quarter of Sunday's game. On Sunday, the 25 percent success rate will help highlight an issue that will need focus during the upcoming bye week, a red zone offense that has, suddenly, become the question mark on this team that the much-maligned defense had been over the season's first handful of games.

With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, the Patriots special teams unit forced a safety on a punt return to take a 9-7 lead with just over nine minutes to play in the game. The bad news was highlighted by the field goal unit, where Stephen Gostkowski was 4-for-6, accounting for 12 of his team's 21 points on field goals, but also was responsible for two misses, his second and third of the year. Gordon was dealing with an injured foot that kept him limited all week in practice and had a visible hitch on his 87-yard touchdown jaunt in the 1st Quarter, but had enough juice to reach the end zone on the breakaway run. Down 18-13, the Bolts elected to go for a two-point conversion, but failed.

LA would get another offensive possession after forcing the Patriots to punt, but would not get into Patriots territory on the drive.

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The Chargers final drive would end when Rivers would throw an interception to Jonathan Jones to end the game. Curiously, especially given the weather conditions, Los Angeles made a decision to attempt a 51-yard field goal.

It wasn't the prettiest game for the New England Patriots. With that win, the Patriots have now put themselves in the conversation as being the greatest team ever in National Football League history. Adding insult to injury for the Chargers was the fact they committed holding on the return, a penalty which was obviously declined.

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