New England Patriots Hold Off San Diego Chargers 23-20

October 24th, 2010-  By Alex Groberman

In a game that’s pretty much epitomized their season up to this point, the San Diego Chargers fell to the New England Patriots 23-20 on Sunday afternoon.

Following a rally led by their quarterback, Philip Rivers, the Chargers kicker, Kris Brown missed a 50-yard field goal attempt with 23 seconds left in the game allowing the Tom Brady-led Patriots to collect a win all but gift wrapped for them by the Chargers.

Initially, Brown’s kick was supposed to only be from 45 yards, however, as was the theme of the game, guard Louis Vasquez got whistled for a false start. After moving back five yards, Brown’s attempt had the strength but not accuracy as it ended up bouncing off the uprights.

Brown was signed by the team last week after Nate Kaeding sustained a groin injury.

The Patriots had a three point lead with nearly two minute remaining when they opted to go ahead on a fourth-and 1 from their own 49. However, the gamble didn’t pay off as BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stopped by the Chargers’ Antwan Applewhite. New England coach, Bill Belechick attempted to challenge the spot on the play, but ended up losing the challenge and his final timeout.

Aside from that play, the Patriots had no trouble putting points on the scoreboard in the second half. Brady threw for a touchdown, Green-Ellis ran for another and kicker Stephen Gostkowski pitched in shots from 40 and 35 yards.

On the other side of the field, the Chargers got admirable efforts from tight end, Antonio Gates and running back Mike Tolbert who each had a touchdown on the day.

Turnovers would prove to be San Diego’s Achilles heel, though, as they ended up having four in the first half which translated into 10 points for New England.

Interestingly enough, the Patriots only had 38 yards in the first half and were 0-for-6 on third down conversions.

With the victory, the Patriots now sit tied with the New York Jets atop the AFC East. The Chargers on the other hand are now at 2-5, their worst start ever under coach Norv Turner. It’s also their worst since 2003 when they went 1-6 to open the year.

The Chargers were set as a 2.5-point favorite prior to kickoff in this match up on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Betting Odds.

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