The offensive line of the Chargers fell apart against the New England Patriots, but who were the biggest culprits? Here’s a play-by-play breakdown.
The Chargers were beaten in every phase of football when they traveled to Foxborough to play the New England Patriots, left to shamefully fly back home as yet another postseason run came to an unexpectedly swift conclusion. Though the defense deserves much of the blame for allowing 35 points in the first half, the offense line was the most glaring problem in that loss. It’s difficult to re-watch, but with all the talk of who starts on the line and where Lamp plays this season, it’s best to look at easily their worst game of the year and see who most needs to be replaced.
This breakdown does not cover the second half, as by then the game is out of hand and it’s something entirely different. This covers their first five drives of the game, breaking down the loss or gain of yards as well as a short summary of who was to blame or praise for that play. At the end is a tally of all the negative plays, and a few final thoughts.
So here it is, a play-by-play of every first half snap on offense, solely focused on the Chargers’ offensive line:
Chargers vs Patriots: First drive
1-10 at LAC 33: No gain. Pouncey lets his guy get near Gordon, Tevi doesn’t find anyone to block. Looks more like a bad play or good defense. Ugly.
2-10 at LAC 33: Incomplete pass. Tevi is backed up, but it doesn’t influence play.
3-15 at LAC 28: Mike Williams for 18 yards. Schofield doesn’t switch and almost creates a problem.
1-10 at LAC 46: Ekeler for three yards. Receivers don’t block.
2-7 at LAC 49: Gordon for eight yards. Positive play.
1-10 at NE 43: Allen touchdown. Tevi gives up a pressure, but No. 13 is wide open.