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Posted by Albert Breer  January 5, 2010 01:13 PM

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Sept. 29, 2002 ... Chargers 21, Patriots 14: Two 3-0 teams enter, and the Patriots leave with their fatal flaw that year (run defense) exposed. LaDainian Tomlinson explodes for 217 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, as San Diego followed the blueprint the Chiefs drew for attacking New England.

Oct. 2, 2005
... Chargers 41, Patriots 17: San Diego puts an emphatic end to New England's 21-game home winning streak, rolling to 431 yards of total offense. Tomlinson shines again with 134 yards on 25 carries, and Drew Brees is nearly flawless, completing 19 of 24 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns and no picks.

Jan. 7, 2007 ... Patriots 24, Chargers 21: The Chargers again move the ball at will (352 total yards), Tomlinson has another big day (187 yards from scrimmage), but Philip Rivers is inconsistent in his first playoff start and the Patriots inexplicably pull this one out with some huge fourth-quarter plays and shoddy game management from Marty Schottenheimer.

Oct. 21, 2007 ... Patriots 49, Dolphins 28: On one hand, you can note that the Dolphins compiled 382 yards of total offense. On another, you gotta realize how that game was 42-7 at the half, and garbage time started about 10 minutes in. So you can't really glean much of anything from this one. In the first half, Miami had some success moving the ball in a very difficult situation.

Dec. 23, 2007 ... Patriots 28, Dolphins 7: In the cold, the defense put his hands around the Dolphin offense's throat. Miami was held to 241 total yards behind Cleo Lemon, after coming into the game at 1-13.

Oct. 4, 2009 ... Patriots 27, Ravens 21: The Ravens picked up 363 yards of total offense and gashed the Patriots for 116 yards on just 17 runs. Yes, they lost the game. But Baltimore drove 66 yards near the end, and if not for a Mark Clayton drop near the buzzer, the offense probably would've won it for the Ravens.

... So there you have it. No, the Ravens don't have great receivers. But they're big, physical, and know how to attack the Patriots offense, which also has a lot of experience against a similar Jets scheme (Brian Schottenheimer was Cameron's QBs coach in San Diego)

Should be an interesting chess match here, anyway.


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