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FINAL

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.

4:18 4TH

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.

15:00 4TH

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.

8:37 3RD

Patriots RB Sony Michel converts the 4th-and-1 with a 7-yard rush.

12:33 3RD

GRONK CATCH. GRONK RUN. Huge 25-yard catch-and-run by Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski gives New England a first down and more.

HALFTIME

Patriots lead 35-7

HALFTIME: Patriots absolutely dominating, 35-7. Sony Michel has a hat trick. New England's got 24 first downs. Life is good. newscentermaine.com/patriots

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.

3:32 2ND

Chargers CB Desmond King II fumbles on punt return. Patriots recover after HC Bill Belichick challenges play.

5:59 2ND

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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.

9:19 2ND

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

0:34 1ST

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.

2:19 1ST

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.

OPENING KICKOFF

Patriots win toss and choose to receive.

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