New England Patriots

Oct 31, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots safety Adrian Phillips (21) scores on a 26-yard interception return against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second half at SoFi Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Chargers 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s Patriots game against the Los Angeles Chargers felt like a measuring stick for the team. Could they pull off a win against a quality opponent to get back to .500, or would they get in their own way again, and fall back from the playoff race heading into November?

In the end, the team rose to the occasion in a 27-24 win. It was an all around effort – perhaps the best example of ‘complementary football’ this season. Here are some snapshots from the win…

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