Why Patriots should be concerned about Chargers for divisional round

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Brandon Mebane

They lock in. But we're a different Chargers team in the postseason as well. "We're not playing the weather", he said.

The Patriots (11-5), who captured their 10th straight AFC East title this season, will be seeking their eighth consecutive trip to the AFC title game. "But it's good to be playing when it's cold out, it's good to be playing this time of year in Foxborough".

"Nice", Brady said of the impending footnote. Quarterback Philip Rivers had a poor finish to the regular season but is otherwise fresh off an MVP-caliber campaign alongside explosive weapons like Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen, while L.A.'s defense, complete with a dynamic pass-rushing duo and star rookie safety Derwin James, was a big reason the team finished 12-4 - just behind the division-winning Kansas City Chiefs.

Brady is 7-0 head to head with Rivers.

"That's pretty cool, " Brady said of the age record.

"We all work hard to get to this point". Rivers earned his lone victory against New England during the 2008 regular season, when the Chargers were still in San Diego.

"It's not something you think about a whole lot", he said. You are going to need it. Brady is locked in and you can't count this New England team out under any circumstances. LA is 8-1 on the road, while New England is 8-0 at home this season. So when I think of that team it's just he's an emotional leader and he always gets those guys going.

"You know, it's been a tough year, period, but she would want me to be here doing my job", he told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles' offense is at its best when Gordon can take the pressure off Rivers. Yet they're also about as opposite as the Pats as could be when it comes to playoff history, as the Chargers have advanced past the Divisional Round just once since 1994.

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