New England 23, San Diego 20

Sunday, October 24, 2010 4:15 PM
WHEN: 4:15 PM EST, Sunday, October 24, 2010
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
TEMPERATURE: 69°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Tony Corrente
ATTENDANCE: 68836

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New England 7 6 7 3 23
San Diego 3 0 0 17 20

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New England 5-1 3-0 2-1 W4
San Diego 2-5 2-1 0-4 L3

Recap

Kris Brown’s 50-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds bounded off the uprights and fell harmlessly into to the end zone and the New England Patriots held off the San Diego Chargers 23-20 at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.

The Patriots nearly blew a 17-point second-half lead as San Diego's Philip Rivers threw for 336 yards and a touchdown on 34-of-50 passing.

The Patriots (5-1) had just 38 yards of offense in the first half yet took a 13-3 advantage into the break. Pats quarterback Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski with a 1-yard touchdown pass and Stephen Gostkowski booted a pair of field goals in the first half.

San Diego (2-5) led briefly 3-0 on Brown’s 32-yard field goal but that was all it could manage in the first half, turning the ball over four times.

The Patriots extended the lead to 20-3 in the third quarter when BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on his third try from the 1-yard line.

After the teams traded field goals, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught a 4-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 23-13. San Diego then recovered an onside kick to immediately get the ball back and scored on a 1-yard plunge by Michael Tolbert to trim the deficit to 23-20 with four minutes left in the game.

New England turned the ball over on downs on its next possession as the Patriots’ Green-Ellis was stopped on a fourth-and-1 at midfield.

The Chargers took over and drove to the New England 28 before attempting the game-tying field goal from 50 yards following a delay-of-game penalty.
 
Brady threw for 159 yards on 19-of-32 passing.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
New England   San Diego
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Player Ryan Mathews
11 Attempts 8
24 Yards 15
2.2 Avg Yards 1.9
1 Touchdowns 0
9 Long 5
Receiving
New England   San Diego
Aaron Hernandez Player Patrick Crayton
5 Receptions 7
54 Yards 82
10.8 Avg Yards 11.7
0 Touchdowns 0
24 Long 21

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New England 179 51 128 2 3 1 2.0 1
San Diego 363 38 325 2 2 0 4.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • San Diego will play their next game at home against Tennessee . The Chargers have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .286 after a loss.
  • New England will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Patriots have a W/L % of .833 after a win and .833 after a loss.
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