Philip Rivers has hit-or-miss history in cold weather games

Philip Rivers has hit-or-miss history in cold weather games

The Chargers play at the No. 2 seed New England Patriots at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

"I used to run that offense, and I remember we started off really fast, but once people got enough tape on us, they could catch up".

Rob Gronkowski scored the only touchdown for the Patriots on a two-yard reception in the second quarter. New England won by the score of 21-13 in a shootout.

However, Beyond the kicking game, the Chargers offense stalled at times in the first half and accounted for just 150 yards, Yet, their slow start was nothing compared to the Ravens offense. James White had six touches for 87 yards. New England held the ball for almost 37 minutes and ran 82 plays. Meanwhile pass rusher Melvin Ingram yelled in the background, "Any squad, anywhere". The seven-time Pro Bowler is far and away the franchise's all-time sacks leader (132.5) and the unquestioned leader on defense, if not the entire team. Jackson has fumbled in nine straight games. That lines up well for Elliott, who averaged 5.3 yards per carry in the wild-card game.

Defensively the Chargers have impressive playmakers at all three levels. That's where players like Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon and Trent Brown will come to play valuable roles, especially against the pass rush of the Chargers.

When Gordon asks the driver, "What about that running back, that Melvin Gordon kid?" the driver is plenty complimentary, much to Gordon's delight. Gordon has been banged up this season, missing four games with a right knee injury. "I'll be in Joe's corner, wherever he's at, unless we play him".

A daunting matchup, for sure, but Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers embraces the opportunity to renew acquaintances with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Now it's just a matter of Jackson becoming more familiar with the playbook while Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg tailor an offense that caters to their quarterback's skill set and puts the unit in the best position to succeed. Lawrence Guy also managed to block a field goal.

Lost in the shuffle of Sunday's loss, was that it sadly marked the end of Ozzie Newsom's tenure as the Ravens' general manager.

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