By Tiffany Williams –
The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers squared off in a Week 8 Halloween matchup. New England’s offense featured rookie Mac Jones, who has a 70.4 completion percentage on the year. Damien Harris leads the team in rushing with 437 yards and five scores, while Hunter Henry has caught a touchdown in four-straight games. The defense is led by Matthew Judon’s 6.5 sacks and J.C. Jackson’s three interceptions.
In the first quarter it took the Chargers just eight plays, 75 yards and just over four minutes for Ekeler to get a TD. It took the Patriots 10 plays, 70 yards and 4:28 for Harris to get a TD. At the end of the first quarter both teams were on the board and it was a 7-7 tie game.
In the second quarter with just 12:35 on the clock, for the Chargers Herbert connected with Allen to get a TD and they made it happen in just 5 plays and 86 yards in just over two minutes. With 3:33 on the clock, Folk made a 24 yard field goal and then with 15 seconds on the clock Folk made a 48 yard field goal. At the end of the second quarter, it was a 13-14 Chargers lead. This game went into the half with the Patriots just down by a point.
In the third quarter with 3:44 on the clock, for the Patriots, Folk made a 48 yard field goal. With just 44 seconds remaining in the third, for the Chargers, Hopkins made a 48 yard field goal. At the end of the third it was a 16-17 Chargers lead.
In the fourth quarter with 10:11 on the clock, for the Chargers, Herbert’s pass short right was intended for Cook but was caught by Adrian Phillips, the kid from Garland High School and he got a pick six for the Patriots. It was the Patriots’ first pick six since Devin McCourty in Week 2 of 2020. Jones came in, connected with Meyers and the two-point conversion attempt was good. With 2:21 on the clock Folk made a 30 yard field goal. With just 40 seconds remaining in the fourth, Palmer got a TD for the Chargers and the point after attempt was good. At the end of the fourth it was a 27-24 New England win.
The New England Patriots, who have five consecutive wins against the Chargers since 2010, Sunday night extended their win streak against the Chargers to 6 games. But this is a rivalry that dates back as far as October 8th, 1960 and with tonight’s win, the New England Patriots have now beaten the Chargers 24 times in the 39 games that they have met.