When it comes to locks, the New England Patriots at home in the AFC Divisional playoff round is about as good as it gets in the NFL.
— NFL (@NFL) January 6, 2019
As the Patriots, who are 4.5-point favorites, get ready to play host to the Los Angeles Chargers, New England is 12-2 in the divisional playoffs with Tom Brady at quarterback and 11-1 at Gillette Stadium.
Strength vs Strength
The 8-0 Patriots are the NFL’s lone unbeaten home team this season. New England has won 15 consecutive home games, including a 21-13 verdict over the Chargers last season.
The Patriots have won four straight and seven of eight from the Chargers. At New England, the Patriots have also won four in a row from the Chargers and 11 of the last 12.
And just one team was undefeated at home this season: the Patriots, who host the Chargers next Sunday. https://t.co/LbU2QOB73A
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2019
The last time the Chargers won at New England was Oct. 2, 2005, when they crushed the Patriots 41-17.
Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to Nov. 2, 1970, when the San Diego Chargers won 16-14 over the Boston Patriots in a game played at Harvard Stadium.
This season, the Chargers are 8-1 on the road, and unbeaten outside of the state of California, going 8-0. They are also 3-0 in games starting at 1:05 eastern standard time, as this one will.
The Chargers are 6-1 in 1:05 p.m. EST start times under head coach Anthony Lynn.
Patriots Own The Divisional Pole
While the Patriots have proven dominant in the NFL’s Divisional Playoff Round, the Chargers have mostly stumbled. They’ve lost their last three games in this round of the playoffs and their last two on the road at this stage of the postseason.
The Chargers haven’t won consecutive playoff games in the season since 2007, and they’ve done it just twice in their history, the other being in 1993 when they made the only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
Chargers vs Patriots Statistical Comparison
|26.8 (8)||PPG||27.2 (4)|
|372.6 (11)||YPG||393.4 (5)|
|117.1 (15)||Rushing YPG||127.3 (5)|
|255.6 (10)||Passing YPG||266.1 (8)|
|20.6 (8)||PPG allowed||20.3 (7)|
|333.7 (9)||YPG allowed||359.1 (21)|
|105.8 (9)||Rushing YPG allowed||122.7 (11)|
|227.9 (9)||Passing YPG allowed||246.4 (22)|
|+1 (T15)||Turnover differential||+10 (5)|
The Patriots, who fell 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52, haven’t lost two playoff games in a row since 2009-10, part of a three-game postseason skid, the only time in the Brady-Bill Belichick era that they’ve dropped more than one playoff game in succession.
The Chargers are 1-2 against the Patriots in the postseason – 0-1 at New England and 0-1 in the Divisional Round.
Their lone playoff win against the Patriots was a 51-10 drubbing in the 1963 AFL Championship Game.
Chargers & Patriots Betting Trends
|The Patriots are 31-3 SU coming off a bye week since 2003|
|Chargers QB Philip Rivers is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS vs Patriots|
|The total has gone under in five of last six Chargers-Patriots games|
|Chargers are 1-8 SU in last nine games at Patriots|
The lone blemish for the Patriots at home was a 28-21 setback to the New York Jets in 2010.