The Los Angeles Chargers are back in the AFC divisional playoffs for the first time in five years on Sunday, but they’ll need to beat Super Bowl LII runners-up the New England Patriots if they’re to advance again.
The L.A. franchise hasn’t made it to the AFC Championship game in more than a decade (2007), but hopes are high after they finished the season with double-digit wins for the first time since they won the AFC West eight years ago.
Chargers at Patriots Tune-In Information
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
When: Sunday, January 13
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Bill Belichick has walked this path before and will begin his 16th postseason campaign as New England head coach when these teams collide at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
Of their 41 meetings—including postseason—Chargers have beaten New England on 15 occasions. However, only three of those victories have materialised since 1973 after the once-Boston Patriots underwent a rebranding. Since then, the Pats have gone 17-3 against their west coast foes.
Despite some wobbles, Belichick’s men have been nigh unbeatable in Foxborough this season, and they haven’t lost a divisional playoff since 2010, when they fell at home to the New York Jets.
But if anyone can break the equilibrium in Massachusetts, it’s away specialists the Chargers, who went 8-0 in road games this regular season and are coming off the back of a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
Pats quarterback Tom Brady has had a respite after the regular season came to an end and could decide the game if found at his best. This Chargers defense finished the regular season as eighth-best in the NFL against the pass, however, meaning Brady has his work cut out for him if he’s to fire the Patriots to an eighth consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship game.
How to Watch More NFL Playoffs with fuboTV
The Chargers have a dismal record against this opponent since they changed their name from the “Boston Patriots” in 1971, but a new era could see the Los Angeles franchise break the trend in 2019.
With fuboTV you can watch every NFL Playoff game on FOX, CBS and NBC, including the entire Divisional Round. fuboTV is available on all of your devices, including web, iPhone, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Sign up now for your free trial.