Highlights: Patriots 45, Chargers 0
The Patriots dominated the Chargers in all three phases on Sunday, blowing them out of their own building by a 45-0 final. New England scored three touchdowns on offense, scored two more on special teams, and pitched a shutout on defense in one of the most complete games ever put together by a Bill Belichick-coached team. Click here for a full recap of the game.
Live Blog Recap: Patriots-Chargers, Week 13
— FINAL: Patriots 45, Chargers 0. A dominant all-around effort for the Patriots, and an utter embarrassment for the Chargers. This was shaping up to be a coaching clinic for Bill Belichick, and it was an even uglier beatdown than anyone imagined. The Patriots’ special teams dominance was especially indicative of the coaching gap in this game.
— Q4, 6:50: The massive game for Gunner Olszewski continues. The Patriots are still throwing up six scores, but they have to get Jarrett Stidham some real throwing reps somehow. Stidham finds Olszewski over the middle and he takes it all the way to the end zone for his third touchdown of the day, his first on offense.
— Q4, 8:13: Chargers punt, and it’s time to see Jarrett Stidham in garbage time for the Patriots. Some much-earned rest for Cam Newton after a productive and turnover-free game for the offense with him under center.
— Q4, 11:25: Patriots come up short of the end zone this time, but Nick Folk bangs home a field goal to extend the Patriots’ lead to 38-0. The Pats are content to run, protect the ball, bleed the clock, and get the hell out of L.A. with the W.
— Q4, 12:46: Another big punt return for Gunner Olszewski. No touchdown this time, but Gunner fields the punt around the 30-yard line, cuts back to the other side, and finds a seam. Sixty-one yards on the return for Olszewski.
— Q3, 1:41: Patriots pick up a first down on a catch by Jakobi Meyers, then it looked like the Chargers forced a punt – but a 12 men on the field penalty gave the Patriots a first down. Womp womp.
— Patriots announce that TE Ryan Izzo is questionable to return with a neck injury.
#Patriots injury update: TE Ryan Izzo (neck) is questionable to return.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 6, 2020
— Q3, 5:11: J.C. Jackson picks off Herbert deep down the field. Everything continues to go the Patriots’ way.
— Q3, 8:48: N’Keal Harry sighting! Everything is coming up Patriots in Los Angeles, so why wouldn’t the second-year wideout find pay dirt? Harry has drawn more and more criticism for his lack of production in the passing game, and perhaps this garbage-time score won’t change anyone’s minds. But it was nice for the Patriots to see some real playmaking out of their 2019 first-round pick.
— Q3, 12:28: The Chargers’ first drive of the third quarter ends with a turnover. Chase Winovich makes the interception to give the ball back to the Patriots with a chance to extend their lead.
— Halftime: Patriots 28, Chargers 0. Wait, what? The Patriots get another touchdown to cap a dominant first half on the final play, a blocked field goal attempt by Michael Badgley returned by Devin McCourty to the end zone. Safety Cody Davis made the block.
Devin McCourty scoops and scores the blocked punt for SIX.— NFL (@NFL) December 6, 2020
The second special teams TD for the @Patriots today. #GoPats
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— Q2, 0:57: The Patriots are up 21. Cam Newton rumbles in from a couple yards out for his second touchdown run of the game to put the Pats up three scores. They’re in total control.
— Patriots announced that cornerback Jonathan Jones is questionable to return with a neck injury.
#Patriots injury update: DB Jonathan Jones (neck) is questionable to return.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 6, 2020
— Q2, 6:45: Rookie linebacker Josh Uche makes a big play for the defense to get the unit off the field. Herbert drops back to pass but Uche gets low and around his blocker to force a quick throw and incompletion by Herbert. Chargers forced to punt back to the Patriots offense, who will get their third chance to build on their opening drive touchdown.
— Q2, 8:05: Both teams trade punts after the Gunner Olszewski touchdown. Cam Newton was the one to screw up the third drive for the Patriots, as he mishandles a catchable snap by David Andrews and has to fall on it for a loss of yardage. That set up third-and-long, and the Patriots offense is not very good in those spots. As expected, they end up punting again.
— Q2, 14:02: The Chargers have to punt … and the Patriots take a 14-point lead. Sprung off blocks by recent additions Donte Moncrief and Rashod Berry, Gunner Olszewski takes the punt to the house for a 70-yard touchdown. Patriots lead 14-0.
Since having a sloppy game in Houston, Olszewski has made two long punt returns in back-to-back games. Against the Cardinals he nearly had a touchdown but got it called back by a flag on Anfernee Jennings for a blindside block. No flags this time.
— End Q1: Patriots 7, Chargers 0. First quarter zips by in Los Angeles after both teams script long opening drives. The Pats were the only team to cash in, though. However, the Chargers get the ball back to start the second quarter after a three-and-out by the Patriots offense. They called three straight pass plays: a screen to James White for a four-yard loss, a Cam Newton scramble, and an incomplete screen to White.
— Q1, 1:25: The Chargers ran a long drive of their own, but it ends in a field goal attempt for Michael Badgley. Deatrich Wise dragged Justin Herbert to the turf on third down for the timely sack to force the field goal attempt. It’s no good. Patriots maintain a seven-point lead.
— Q1, 7:50: Newton gets his touchdown, anyway. The Patriots line up in 23 personnel and Newton takes the ball and leaps over the pile into the end zone. Patriots script a nice drive to open the game and chew up half the first-quarter clock. The Chargers get the ball with the Patriots getting out to a 7-0 lead.
— Q1, 8:01: Cam Newton was initially ruled to score a rushing touchdown, but after review the officials ruled that he was out of bounds before he hit the pylon. So the Patriots have the ball at the 1-yard line on third-and-goal.
— Q1, 15:00: Donte Moncrief was back on the kick for the Patriots. He signed to the Patriots’ main roster from the practice squad on Saturday, and it looks like he’s earned the kick returner job moving forward.
— The Patriots and Chargers have released their inactive players for Sunday’s game. Safety Terrence Brooks is among the notable names to appear on the Patriots’ inactive list. Quarterback Cam Newton, meanwhile, is officially active.
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