A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in Sunday's win over the Chargers:
(snaps include an illegal contact penalty, but don't include the final two kneel-downs)
ANALYSIS: In the first half, the Patriots ran 9 of 29 plays (31 percent) with multiple tight ends on the field. In the second half, the Patriots ran 22 of 36 plays with multiple tight ends (61 percent). The numbers are reflective of an in-game adjustment in which the Patriots decided to put "heavier" personnel on the field to establish the run in the second half. It seemed to be a case in which the Patriots realized the passing game wasn't having the desired success -- the Chargers were causing some problems with pressure both on the edges and up front -- so they decided to focus on the ground game. ... The Patriots usually go to a 3 TE package at the goal-line, but it was utilized in all areas Sunday. After not calling on a 1 WR/3 TE/1 RB package in the first half, the team used it eight times in the second half. ... The Patriots did not run one snap with 4 WR/1 RB in the second half.
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