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The Patriots have won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams, including a pair of postseason victories, and are 11-1 in home games against the Chargers since 1971. The Chargers' last win in New England came on October 2, 2005, with Drew Brees at QB.

Los Angeles improved to 9-1 on the road in the extended season with last week's 23-17 Wild Card victory at Baltimore. The Chargers held the Ravens to 90 rushing yards -- 62.6 under their season average -- and have gone three straight games overall without allowing a rushing touchdown.

The Patriots have won eight consecutive home playoff games, during which they have averaged 34.9 points per game and have a plus-9 turnover differential (15-6). The Pats have also won 15 straight home games -- combining regular season and playoffs -- since losing to Carolina on October 1, 2017.

Philip Rivers is 1-4 in divisional playoff games; his only appearance in a conference championship game came in the 2007 season, when the Chargers lost at New England. He has gone 89 straight postseason passes without an interception and has a 68.7 completion percentage in his last four playoff games.

Tom Brady enters the weekend with NFL all-time career records of 27 postseason wins (27-10) and 71 TD passes; the next-highest totals are 16 wins and 45 touchdown passes - both by Joe Montana. Brady's 19 career home wins in the postseason are more than any other QB's career postseason total.

Philip Rivers has started seven games against Tom Brady in his career, including a pair of postseason contests, and lost all seven. To date, Brady has started 14 divisional playoff games (12-2) against 14 different quarterbacks; Rivers will be the first QB to face Brady twice in this round (also met in 2006).


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Everything is set to go the Patriots way and there is no chance for the Chargers. It was a nice run, but ringless Rivers will remain Ringless with a big loss here.

:Pats: 27

:Chargers: 23

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