Tom Brady completed 34 passes for 343 yards in Sunday’s 41-28 playoff win over the Chargers. His effectiveness came despite facing a talented Los Angeles defensive line, led by pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
Neither of the Chargers’ defensive stars recorded a sack, totaling a combined three tackles.
After the game, Bosa relayed a humorous moment he shared with Brady amid his frustrations during the game.
“He did a really good job getting rid of the ball,” Bosa admitted. “I mean, every single time I won — which, I won a few pass rushes here and there — the ball was gone. We made a joke, we were talking to each other and he just patted me on the back and I said, ‘Stop getting rid of the ball so fast!’ He said, ‘Stop getting to me so fast and I won’t have to get rid of it!’ Their O-line, they did a good job. I wasn’t getting much in the first half. Every time you win a rush and you look up and the ball is gone, it’s a little demoralizing. But I just kept going and I think our defense fought that whole second half. Came up very short this time.”
The Patriots’ successful strategy of quick passes became clear early on, as New England cut through the Chargers for four touchdowns on the team’s first four possessions.
Tom Brady averaged 0.6 air yards on his 8 passes on the opening drive. His deepest throw was 6 air yards.
Brady's 6 completions to running backs are tied for the most in any 1st quarter in his career (reg. season and playoffs).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 13, 2019
The Patriots now head to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6:40 p.m.