Patriots Ups & Downs: The highs and lows of the biggest win of the season
It’s been a long time since the Patriots had a win this big.
You may even be able to go back to the Tom Brady days to find a better win for the Patriots, who improved to 4-4 on the 2021 season after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 on the road. The biggest play of the game was Adrian Phillips’ pick-six on Justin Herbert, which came as the Chargers were clinging to a one-point lead. Instead, the Pats get the TD and the two-point conversion to power ahead.
It wasn’t the best day for the Patriots offense, who could only scratch across one touchdown of their own, despite ample opportunities. But the defense and special team units more than made up for an off day by rookie quarterback Mac Jones, among others on the offense.
In other words, it was the way the Patriots expected to win games this year. Everyone else lifts the rookie quarterback, not the other way around. Which makes it all the more impressive that the Patriots pulled off this win against a talented team, away from Foxborough. It wasn’t perfect, but they certainly played enough winning football to earn this one.
With that in mind, let’s get to the Ups & Downs…
Next look at the Ups & Downs comes after the Patriots’ road tilt against the Carolina Panthers in Week 9.
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