The Los Angeles Chargers defense ended the regular season as a statistically strong unit: ninth against the run, ninth against the pass, eighth in points per game.
But on Sunday in their AFC divisional round game against the New England Patriots, they didn’t look like a top-10 defense, with the Patriots rolling up 498 yards of offense.
They couldn’t slow the run game — rookie Sony Michel had 129 yards rushing and three touchdowns — and they couldn’t slow the passing game, with Tom Brady completing over three-quarters of his pass attempts.
James White ties NFL postseason record
Running back James White got into the NFL record book without recording a single carry: The all-purpose back tied the NFL record for receptions in a postseason game, with 15 for 97 yards.
White tied Darren Sproles’ mark, set when Sproles was with the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFC divisional round against the San Francisco 49ers.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 13, 2019
White has come up big in postseason
This isn’t the first time White has been a big part of the Patriots’ short passing game in the postseason. He set a Super Bowl record against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI with 14 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown; in that game he also had six carries for 29 yards and two scores plus a two-point conversion.
The 26-year-old Wisconsin product was a second-round pick for New England in 2014.
Tom Brady set postseason record too
Tom Brady also set yet another postseason record: With seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, he completed a short pass to Chris Hogan that was his 227th consecutive postseason pass without an interception.
That’s a span of four-plus games.
The last postseason pick Brady had came in the first half of Super Bowl LI against Atlanta, the 82-yard pick-six by the Falcons’ Robert Alford.
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