FOXBORO, Massachusetts — POSTGAME
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Patriots win 41-28. On to KC.
0:59 4TH - LAC 28, NE 41
Chargers TE Antonio Gates, a legend, ends his season with a TD catch.
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore picks off Chargers QB Philip Rivers.
7:38 4TH - LAC 22, NE 41
One play after big catch, Chargers add TD plus 2-point conversion. Doesn't matter. Not enough time for comeback.
12:23 4TH - LAC 14, NE 41
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski tacks on another FG.
Patriots QB Tom Brady connects with WR Julian Edelman on a sweet 35-yard catch-and-run to start the fourth quarter. He's got 150+ yards on the day.
END OF 3RD
Patriots lead 38-14
1:16 3RD - LAC 14, NE 38
Chargers score their first TD of the game on a goal line rush from RB Melvin Gordon III, but it appears to late to help.
6:31 3RD - LAC 7, NE 38
Patriots add a FG, their first non-TD of the game. And it's a 31-point lead.
Patriots RB Sony Michel converts the 4th-and-1 with a 7-yard rush.
GRONK CATCH. GRONK RUN. Huge 25-yard catch-and-run by Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski gives New England a first down and more.
Patriots lead 35-7
1:43 2ND - LAC 7, NE 35
A hat trick! Patriots RB Sony Michel scores his third TD of the game. Only the fourth a Patriots RB has scored 3+ rushing TDs in a game.
Chargers CB Desmond King II fumbles on punt return. Patriots recover after HC Bill Belichick challenges play.
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6:04 2ND - LAC 7, NE 28
Another Patriots TD on the ground - this time it's RB Rex Burkhead from 6 yards.
Chargers punt again. Patriots defense showing good penetration, forcing Rivers out of pocket and limiting big gains on the ground, per Chris Costa.
12:17 2ND - LAC 7, NE 21
Patriots open up second quarter with beautiful pass from QB Tom Brady to WR Phillip Dorsett, a 15-yard TD to the corner of the endzone.
END OF 1ST
Patriots lead 14-7
Patriots defense forces Chargers to punt.
1:35 1ST - LAC 7, NE 14
Patriots RB Sony Michel punches in his second TD, this time from 14 yards.
Patriots QB Tom Brady hits WR Julian Edelman with a great 28-yard pass.
4:56 1ST - LAC 7, NE 7
Chargers strike back quickly with a 43-yard bomb from QB Philip Rivers to WR Keenan Allen. Blown zone coverage. Allen was wide open.
7:49 1ST - LAC 0, NE 7
Patriots RB Sony Michel runs it in from 1 yard out for the TD, capping a more than 7-minute drive that add up half the quarter.
Patriots win toss and choose to receive.