FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after the play is initially called short in the endzone against the New York Giants on September 1, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.The play was later ruled a touchdown. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The last time the Patriots lost a home opener, Tom Brady was a backup quarterback. San Diego looks to set a new precedent this week.
The San Diego Chargers have never opened a season 2-0 since Norv Turner assumed head coaching duties in 2007. A week 2 trip to Gilette Stadium to play the Patriots makes finally getting over that hump this season a pretty tall order.
These two team played a great game in week 7 last year in San Diego. Down by a seemingly insurmountable 20-3 deficit after three quarters, the Chargers scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Patriots added a fourth quarter field goal, and the Chargers missed the game-tying three point shot with less than a minute remaining to give New England the win. Memories last a long time in the NFL, and neither team will forget what happened last season.
Phillip Rivers has 821 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, a 66.4 completion percentage and a 96.4 passer rating in three career games against the Patriots. The last time New England lost a home opener, Tom Brady opened the season as Drew Bledsoe's backup...ten years ago. If you watch just one football game today, it ought to be this one.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, September 18, 4:15 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms