It took a week but the Patriots now know who they will be facing in Sunday's divisional playoff at Gillette Stadium. Thanks to a thoroughly dominant 23-17 victory over the host Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers will head to Foxborough to take on New England with a trip to the conference title game on the line.
Patriots.com's Andy Hart offers some details on what to expect from the Chargers.
ESPN.com says defensive end Melvin Ingram will be priority No. 1 for the Patriots offensive line. The Boston Globe believes the Chargers are the most complete team in the AFC and will provide a significant test for the Patriots. Could time of possession be a big factor in Sunday’s game?
The Boston Herald has a similar view of the Chargers and believes they represent the Patriots toughest divisional round matchup in years.
NBC Sports Boston looks at some matchups that will help determine the outcome on Sunday. Boston Sports Journal provides a look at the Chargers showdown as well. MassLive.com checks in with a look at Los Angeles also. WEEI.com says the Chargers arrival was the worst possible scenario for the Patriots.
Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are preparing for the strong possibility that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will be leaving for a head coaching job.
The Boston Globe says a lot has changed in a year for Brady, Belichick and Kraft.
Out on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Times says the Chargers didn’t succumb to the playoff pressure this time and now get to face the Patriots as a reward. The Times provides a recap of the victory over the Ravens as well.