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FOXBOROUGH Isaac Rochell Jerseys 2019 , Mass. (AP) — milestones he sets.But even he had to chuckle at the one he and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will mark when they meet in Sunday’s divisional playoffs.Brady, who will be 41 years and 163 days old, and Rivers, at 37 years and 36 days old, will combine to be the oldest pair of quarterbacks to face each other in an NFL playoff game, breaking the mark Brady held with Peyton Manning.“Nice,” Brady said of the impending footnote. “Nice and old.”Sunday will be just the fourth playoff meeting between the teams, with the Patriots holding a 2-1 edge.Rivers enters Sunday with a 1-7 record against the Patriots, including 0-4 in games in Foxborough and 0-2 in the playoffs. Rivers earned his lone victory against New England during the 2008 regular season, when the Chargers were still in San Diego. Brady was sidelined for that game by a knee injury and Matt Cassel started in his place.Brady is 7-0 as a starter against Rivers .The Patriots (11-5), who captured their 10th straight AFC East title this season, will be seeking their eighth consecutive trip to the AFC title game.The Chargers (13-4) haven’t even been to the conference title game since losing 21-12 to the Patriots during the 2007 season.Rivers played in that game just days removed from tearing the ACL in his right knee. He limped his way through it while being intercepted twice and failing to throw a touchdown pass.It’s become the toughness brand for a quarterback that hasn’t missed a game since becoming the Chargers starter in 2006.Rivers, who led his team to five wins in its last six regular-season games and a road win at Baltimore in the wild-card round last week White Darius Philon Jerseys , said he’s tried to keep past shortcomings against New England out of his mind this week.“It’s not something you think about a whole lot,” he said. “It exists and it’s there but again, and I mean this, I don’t feel that I’m playing Tom. Certainly, it’s a Tom Brady-led team and we know how things work with the quarterback and the head coach that have the record attached to it. We’ve got a heck of a challenge.”It will also be a chance to earn a signature win for second-year Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, who has steered Los Angeles through its relocation and a season that included a game in London.To have another chance at this stage of his career to notch a playoff win against a New England team that has been the standard in the conference is an opportunity not lost on Rivers.“Fired up to have a shot,” Rivers said.Here are some things to watch for in Sunday’s game:ROAD WARRIORSOne thing that gives the Chargers confidence heading into Foxborough is their record away from Los Angeles this season.The Chargers are facing a Patriots team that is 8-0 in Gillette Stadium this season. But Los Angeles is 8-1 on the road , with its lone blemish coming against the crosstown Los Angeles Rams.“We have a tough football team, no doubt. I believe that. I think going on the road, it really doesn’t faze this team,” Lynn said.“We love ball, we like playing football, we like competing and we know going into Foxborough Darius Philon Jerseys 2019 , they’re undefeated there and they’re tough to beat, period. It doesn’t matter where you play the Patriots; they’re tough to beat.”TOUGH STREAKIn addition to earning his first postseason win over New England, Rivers will also be trying to help the Chargers end their recent struggles in the divisional round.Each of the Chargers’ past three trips to the playoffs have ended in this round — 24-17 to Denver in 2013, 17-14 to the New York Jets in 2009 and 35-24 to Pittsburgh in 2008.GORDON’S A GOChargers running back Melvin Gordon is expected to be active Sunday, despite missing the first practice of the week to rest the knee injury he sustained in their wild-card win over the Ravens. He was limited for Thursday’s workout, but removed from the injury report on Friday.Los Angeles’ offense is at its best when Gordon can take the pressure off Rivers. He had an 87-yard touchdown in last year’s regular-season meeting with the Patriots. He also has 12 touchdowns in the Chargers’ past nine games on the road, including playoffs.WEATHER FACTORThe forecast for Sunday in Foxborough is 29 degrees, which recently has been a good thing for the Patriots.They are 13-0 at home since 2011 in games in which the temperature was 32 degrees or colder .The Chargers contemplated staying on the East Coast after last week’s game in Baltimore, but ultimately decided to return to California to practice.Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t counting on the weather being that much of an advantage, though.“They’re a good football team. We’re playing the Chargers. We’re not playing the weather,” he said. “Whatever it is, it is.” This week the Chargers are back home for the first time in 41 days as they host their divisional rivals, the Denver Broncos White Austin Ekeler Jerseys , for the first time this season.Winners of six-straight games, the Bolts will hope to extend their streak to seven against the reeling Broncos who have found themselves stumbling through 2018 on their way to a lackluster 3-6 record.QB Case Keenum has not been who the Broncos thought they were getting from the author of the Minneapolis MIracle and with Demaryius Thomas now with the Houston Texans, the Denver offense rests squarely on the backs WR Emmanuel Sanders several rookies, including RBs Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, and WR Courtland Sutton.The defense has some fresh faces, as well, intertwined with their usual star-players to create an interesting mix of proven-talent and potential. The last time the Chargers played the Broncos at StubHub Center, the Broncos were shutout for the first time in over 25 years. The Chargers left that game winners of a 21-0 shellacking which helped erase the poor taste from their loss to Vance Joseph and Co. during week 1 earlier last season.Regardless of the past, divisional games within the AFC West are always a toss-up. The Broncos may be better than their record suggests but 3-6 is still 3-6. Is this a trap game? Potentially. They did stay close with the Kansas City Chiefs in both of their games, losing by five and seven points, respectively.Whatever comes Sunday is sure to be exciting. It’s at home, the navy-on-navy uniforms will be donned Austin Ekeler Jerseys 2019 , and Joey Bosa may even play a little bit.What’s not to be stoked about?1.) How will OTs Russell Okung and Sam Tevi handle one of the deadliest pass-rushing duos in the NFL?OLBs Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have combined to record 17 sacks over the first half of the season. In fact, Miller and Chubb are the only two members of the Denver defense that have collected more than two sacks on the season, creating their own monopoly on the stat.As a unit, the Chargers have only allowed 13 sacks the entire season. However, in their last match-up against the Broncos, they allowed Miller to sack Rivers twice. Last year, the Broncos also did not have a usable bookend opposite Miller.Enter Chubb who, through the first eight weeks of the season, recorded 32 pressures which ranks him second all-time on PFF’s list (2006-Present) just behind Chandler Jones in 2012. His total also eclipsed Joey Bosa’s 26 from his rookie season in 2016.2.) A match-up consisting of...two UDFA running backs that both wear #30 and played their college football in Colorado?The Chargers’ Austin Ekeler was an undrafted free agent out of Division II Western State prior to the 2017 season. Denver’s Philip Lindsay was signed as a UDFA out of the University of Colorado, straight out of the backyard of the Broncos.Both have been as productive as they’ve been efficient in their young NFL careers.After a hot start to begin the season, Ekeler’s production has cooled off a bit to make way for Melvin Gordon’s streak of five games with 12-+ scrimmage yards and a touchdown. On th year, Ekeler has 59 carries for 345 rushing yards. He also has 20 catches for 246 yards and three receiving scores.Lindsay wasted no time in finding significant playing time alongside third-round draft pick Royce Freeman out of Oregon. Linday has amassed 110 carries for 591 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He has also added 20 catches for 160 yards and another score.As Lindsay’s average carries per game doubles that of Ekeler (12 to 6), this unfortunately won’t be a game where you will be able to watch the two duel. However White Tyrod Taylor Jerseys , it will still be a neat site watching a pair of undrafted running backs make an impact on their teams success, especially in a divisional match-up.3.) The No Fly-Zone is actually open for businessTwo to three years ago, the Denver defense was a unit no one wanted to face in the NFL. The secondary was about as scary as it got with the likes of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, TJ Ward, and Bradley Roby.In 2018, Harris and Roby are the only members of that vaunted group as they’re now joined by younger players in safeties Justin Simmons and Darian Stewart.This year, the Broncos’ secondary is a bit more vulnerable. The defense has allowed twice as many passing touchdowns than they have scores on the ground (16 to dirol.gif. They’ve also allowed at least 19 points in every game so far except one. With the Chargers’ 28 offensive touchdowns coming in the form of a 21:7 split, the strengths of the Chargers should be on full display against this new Denver defense.
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