Patriots QB Tom Brady still has New England in the front of the playoff race after beating the Chargers.
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The New England Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-14 in Week 14 of the NFL season.
The Patriots struck first in the opening quarter with a FG from PK Stephen Gostkowski to end the quarter 3-0. But the Chargers came back with two TDs – first on a pass from QB Philip Rivers to Malcom Floyd for a 15-yard TD, then on a fumble recovery for a TD from Chargers defender Darrell Stuckey. Down 14-3, the Patriots came back with half a quarter to play with a 2nd Gostkowski FG and then with a TD pass from Patriots QB Tom Brady to TE Rob Gronkowski to cut the Chargers lead to 14-13.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Patriots took control of the game in the fourth, first on another Gostkowski FG to give them a 16-14 lead. With 8:41 remaining in the game, Brady threw his 2nd TD, this time for a 69-yard score to WR Julian Edelman to give them a 23-14 lead, and the Chargers were unable to come back from it.
With the win the Patriots moved to 10-3 on the season and retained their status as the No. 1 overall seed. The Patriots control their own destiny on the way to the playoffs now. The Patriots next game will be against the Miami Dolphins in the first of three division games.
The Chargers loss moves them to 8-5 on the season, however they moved down to the No. 6 overall seed – giving them control of their own destiny in the playoff race as long as they win out. The Chargers’ next game will be at home against the Denver Broncos.