Chargers at Patriots Week 2 NFL Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 2-4 Belichick: 6-5
LAST WEEK W 24-17 vs. Vikings W 38-24 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 10/24/10: Patriots 23 at Chargers 20. San Diego scores 17 points in 4th quarter to rebound from 20-3 deficit, but New England K Stephen Gostkowski’s 3 FGs help seal win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/16/07: Patriots 38, Chargers 14. New England scores 24 unanswered points in 1st half. Patriots QB Tom Brady throws for 279 yards & 3 TDs.
BROADCAST CBS (4:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 93 (SD), 86 (NE). XM: 228 (NE).



PASSING Rivers: 33-48-335 (T3C)-2-2-85.0 Brady: 32-48-517 (1L)-4 (T1L)-1-121.6 (2C)
RUSHING Mathews: 12-45-3.8-0 Woodhead: 14-69-4.9-0
RECEIVING Tolbert (RB): 9 (T1L)-58-6.4-2 (T1L) Welker: 8 (T3L)-160 (1C)-20.0-2 (T1L)
OFFENSE 407.0 (3C) 622.0 (1L)
DEFENSE 187.0 (1L) 488.0
SACKS Barnes, Garay: 1 3 tied: 1
INTs Phillips: 1 (T2L) Arrington: 1 (T2L)
PUNTING Scifres: 42.3 Mesko: 38.0
KICKING Scifres: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/1 FG) Gostkowski: 8 (5/5 PAT; 1/2 FG)


CHARGERS: In 3 career games vs. NE, QB PHILIP RIVERS has completed 71 of 107 passes (66.4 pct.) for 821 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 96.4 passer rating. Recorded 21st game with 300+ passing yards last week. Rivers (19,996) needs 4 passing yards to reach 20,000 career. Has 96.5 passer rating on road vs. AFC…RB MIKE TOLBERT had career-high 3 TDs (2 rec, 1 rush) last week. RB RYAN MATHEWS had career-best 73 receiving yards vs. Min…TE ANTONIO GATES (537) needs 5 receptions to surpass HOFer KELLEN WINSLOW (541) for 2nd-most rec. in franchise history (CHARLIE JOINER, 586). Gates (69) needs TD rec. to join TONY GONZALEZ (88) as 2nd TE in NFL history w/ 70 TD catches. Has 3 TD catches in 4 career games vs. NE…WR MALCOM FLOYD had 49-yard TD rec. in last game vs. NE…LB TAKEO SPIKES led club with 11 tackles in Chargers debut last week…LB ANTWAN BARNES has 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. NE…PATRIOTS: Dating back to 11/14/10, club has won 9 consecutive regular-season games…NE aims for 10th consecutive win in home openers…QB TOM BRADY has won 28 consecutive regular-season games at home, longest such streak in NFL history. In past 5 starts at home, Brady has 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 126.5 passer rating. Brady’s franchise-record 517 passing yards last week were 5th-most in NFL history. Brady (35,261) needs 207 passing yards to surpass HOFer JIM KELLY (35,467) for 17th most passing yards all-time. Incl. postseason, Brady aims for 5th straight win vs. SD…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS has 14 rush TDs since 2010, 2nd-most in NFL (ARIAN FOSTER, 16)…WR WES WELKER tied NFL record with 99-yard TD rec. last week & totaled AFC-best 160 rec. yards in Week 1. WR DEION BRANCH (5,890) needs 110 rec. yards to reach 6,000 career…TE AARON HERNANDEZ had career-high 103 rec. yards last week. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 11 TD rec. in 1st 17 career games…S PATRICK CHUNG posted 1st sack since 11/08/09 last week…CB KYLE ARRINGTON recorded 2nd career INT in Week 1.

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