Melvin Gordon breaks loose, but Patriots tame Chargers on the road

Taylor Byrd
October 30, 2017

He found Rob Gronkowski for the 72nd touchdown between the pair over their careers, and spread the ball out to eight different receivers on the day, highlighted by an 85-yard day afternoon from running back James White. It certainly seemed as though they could pull the upset as the Patriots came out a bit stagnant. For the second-straight week, the Patriots held an opposing quarterback to fewer than 300 yards (212).

A last-minute comeback attempt by the Chargers fell short deep in Patriots territory when Jonathan Jones intercepted a pass intended for Travis Benjamin.

The Pats would take on two field goals before the half to take a 15-7 lead to the break.

Gostkowski would redeem himself with a 21-yard field goal with 1:08 left to play in the game to put the Patriots up 21-13.

Gordon's 87-yard run was the longest rushing touchdown allowed by the Patriots under coach Bill Belichick. Down 18-13, the Bolts elected to go for a two-point conversion, but failed.

In the second quarter, Benjamin fielded a punt, but bobbled the ball as he caught it. He leads all Patriots receivers with 47 targets.

Though it was a loss, the Chargers should still be able to draw something positive out of hanging with the defending champs in their home stadium. The Chargers have a bye next week and visit the Jaguars in Week 10.

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