2007 AFC Championship Game
Patriots 21, Chargers 12
It’s been 11 years, but this was the last time these two teams faced off in the playoffs.
The Chargers were looking for revenge, but including the playoffs, the Patriots came into this game at 17-0 on the season. They were expected to blow the Bolts out.
The Chargers actually played quite well, keeping it close throughout. But in addition to losing this game, it is remembered by Chargers fans for two reasons.
They remember Tomlinson sitting on the bench when his team needed him the most, wearing his helmet. They also remember the gutsy effort put forth by Rivers, who was playing on a torn ACL.
The Chargers kicked three field goals and trailed just 14-9 at halftime, well within striking distance. Still, they never got close enough to pull off the historic upset.
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Laurence Maroney ran for 122 yards for the Patriots but what is most frustrating about this loss was the fact that the Patriots performed at a very mediocre level and could have been had on this day. The Chargers just couldn’t find the end zone and the 12 points they scored weren’t enough.
The Chargers and their fans have had to sit and stew over that performance, one step from the Super Bowl, for over a decade.
The Patriots lead the all-time series between the teams 24-15-2 and have won the last five meetings in a row.