Chargers drop to 3-5 following loss to Patriots

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The game was encouraging for the Denver Broncos (3-3) because they increased their lead over the Chargers in the AFC West and they saw that the Patriots are a beatable team.

New England stalled out on its next drive, partially due to Joey Bosa's 9-yard sack of Brady to set up a third-and-long. In 8 games he has 33 receptions for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns. 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.

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Another Los Angeles punt gave New England the ball back at its own 22 at the two-minute warning. He was corralled by a Patriots group that included Brandon King, Matt Slater and Jones, then finally wrapped up by King and tackled in the end zone for a safety. But Rivers' pass with 1 second remaining was intercepted at the goal line by Jonathan Jones.

Rivers went 17-30 for 212 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception in the loss. They got the ball back a final time after New England added Gostkowski's fourth field goal. Also, when Cannon left the game late in the second quarter with an ankle injury, Waddle stepped in and the unit didn't break stride. Los Angeles T Joe Barksdale missed his second straight game with a foot injury, while RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) returned after missing two weeks. That unit had another solid outing against the Chargers, save for Melvin Gordon's 87-yard touchdown run in the first half. The next time the Patriots take the field will be November 12 on Sunday Night Football against the Denver Broncos.

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