New England Patriots: 5 defensive players to watch vs L.A. Chargers

New England Patriots: 5 defensive players to watch vs L.A. Chargers

New England Patriots: 5 defensive players to watch vs L.A. Chargers

When the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers square off in the Divisional Round playoff game Sunday at Gillette Stadium all eyes will be on two veteran quarterbacks. But of course, he also snuck in a jab at quarterback Tom Brady.

If this season for the Chargers (13-4) was an old-school video game, those wins in London, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Baltimore were levels up for the final road-test boss they face now: a New England team ideal at home this season. Of course, the Patriots have a pretty impressive streak going on themselves: New England was the only team in the National Football League to finish the season unbeaten at home.

Nonetheless, the contest should be close and could come down to the final minutes, but the Chargers end New England's seven-game divisional round winning streak and move on to play the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

But on Sunday in their AFC divisional round game against the New England Patriots, they didn't look like a top-10 defense, with the Patriots rolling up 498 yards of offense. Bill Belichick will have them ready, but individual players will have to step up to keep the Chargers rushing and passing attack at bay.

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