Looking to become the first team ever to win 18 games in one season, the New England Patriots will host the San Diego Chargers this Sunday in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots became just the second team to go 17-and-0 after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-20 in the Divisional Playoffs last Saturday. Tom Brady was nearly perfect, completing his first 16 passes, and finishing 26-of-28 for 262 yards and three touchdowns. It’s the fourth time in five years the Pats will be playing in the AFC title game. New England has won 10 consecutive postseason home games.
The Chargers are 13-and-5 and have the second-longest winning streak in the NFL at eight games. The Bolts stunned the Colts 28-24 last Sunday to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1994 season. Philip Rivers threw a career-playoff-high three touchdowns before leaving the game in the second half with a knee injury. The Chargers are banged up, with Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates all nursing injuries. The Patriots beat the Chargers 38-14 at Foxboro in Week Two. New England also eliminated the Chargers from the postseason last year with a 24-21 victory at Qualcomm Stadium.