What’s similar to the last time the Patriots played the Chargers, and what’s changed

The two teams met in Week 8 in 2017 in Foxborough, with the Patriots prevailing, 21-13.

Patriots Chargers October 2017
Foxborough Ma 10/29/17 New England Patriots Marquis Flowers and Patrick Chung corners Los Angeles Chargers Travis Benjamin for a short gain during fourth quarter action at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) –Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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The Los Angeles Chargers sure looked like a team that is built for the playoffs in their 23-17 win at the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend.

It may not be pretty, but the Patriots may have an idea on what it will take to beat the Chargers in their divisional matchup this Sunday at Gillette Stadium, if last year’s regular-season meeting is any indication.