Coming into the game, New England had scored on 53.33 percent of their red zone visits in 2017, only 16th-best in the league. That unit had another solid outing against the Chargers, save for Melvin Gordon's 87-yard touchdown run in the first half.
After a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski tied the game, the Chargers went three-and-out before forcing a punt. Brady completed 32 of his 47 passes to eight different receivers, with running backs James White and Rex Burkhead doing much of the damage out of the backfield.More news: Deputise THIS: Barnaby Joyce responds to High Court citizenship decision
Before his injury, Hogan hauled in 5 receptions for 60 yards.
If dropping the return at his own 11-yard line wasn't enough, Benjamin picked up the bouncing ball and ran backwards into the end zone.More news: USA intelligence community braces for release of JFK assassination documents
The safe guess here is that Chargers punt returner Travis Benjamin won't be repeating as AFC special teams player of the week after this game.
Stephen Gostkowski added four field goals, missing two. Left with just 1:08 and no time outs, Rivers led his team all the way down to the Patriots' 23-yard line.More news: How to Use a GameCube Controller With Nintendo Switch
The Chargers final drive would end when Rivers would throw an interception to Jonathan Jones to end the game. It certainly seemed as though they could pull the upset as the Patriots came out a bit stagnant.