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Tomlinson Pouts on Bench in AFCCG


Sunday January 20, 2008 at 3:00
2007 AFC Championship Game at Gillette
New England Patriots 21, San Diego Chargers 12
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Norv Turner
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Philip Rivers
Odds: New England favored by 14

Pats improve to 18-0; advance to Super Bowl 42
Chargers finish 13-6

Key Stats:
Third Down: Patriots 7-13; Chargers 3-12
Laurence Maroney: 4.9 yards per carry; 25 rushes for 122 yards and one TD
Kevin Faulk: 9 touches for 90 yards, including 8 receptions on 8 targets for 82 yards
Wes Welker: 7 receptions on 9 targets, 56 yards, one TD
Ellis Hobbs: Team-high 8 tackles (7 solo) and one interception

The game began slowly, with five short drives ending in a punt for the two offenses. On the first play of the third Patriot possession Quentin Jammer intercepted a deep pass on the right intended for Donté Stallworth. Four plays later San Diego had a first-and-goal at the nine, but the defense stiffened and held the Chargers to a field goal.

On the next possession Tom Brady completed five of six passes, using quick, short routes and screens to neutralize edge pass rushers Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips. The drive included a 14 yard end around from Randy Moss, and Kevin Faulk had three catches for 25 yards. Laurence Maroney's one-yard run gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

San Diego moved the ball quickly on the next possession, with 6'5 Vincent Jackson catching passes of 15, 16 and 21 yards. Again the Patriot red zone defense held their ground, limiting the Chargers to a field goal after another first-and-goal at the nine yard line.

The Patriots were forced to punt again but pinned San Diego down on their own four yard line. Asante Samuel intercepted a pass and Pats took over on the Charger 24 yard line. Brady completed a pair of 12 yards passes, to Kevin Faulk and Jabar Gaffney, and New England led 14-6.

Ellis Hobbs ended the next Charger possession with an interception, but the Patriots went three and out. With 1:46 left in the half the Patriots focused on defending deep passes and the sideline; Darren Sproles ran up the middle twice for 34 yards to put the Chargers in position for their third field goal just before time expired.

The first possession of the second half ended with another pass intended for Stallworth being intercepted. Passes from Philip Rivers to Jackson put the Chargers in the red zone again, but on third-and-one from the four Junior Seau stood up Michael Turner for a loss of two. A fourth field goal by Nate Kaeding made the score 14-12.

Laurence Maroney ran for 18, 11, six and four yards on the next drive to give the Patriots a first and goal. On third and two Brady was picked off again. Rather than go down in the end zone to give San Diego the ball at the 20, Antonio Cromartie attempted to run the ball out, despite being in the middle of the end zone and surrounded by bodies.

For the second time the Chargers were forced to start a drive from their own four yard line. Five plays later San Diego was forced to punt, and once again the Pats had the ball in good field position. Laurence Maroney's 20 yard run set up a six yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker, and the Pats led 21-12 with 12:16 left to play in the fourth quarter.

San Diego moved into Patriot territory on the ensuing drive, but was again forced to punt. From there it was all Maroney and Faulk as the Pats held the ball for the final nine minutes and 13 seconds. The Patriots simply kept the San Diego offense on the bench in the second half, with their final three drives going for 65 yards, 67 yards and 65 yards - and consuming a combined 19:10 off the clock. The Chargers had the ball just three times in the second half - a field goal and two punts - for a mere eight minutes and 22 seconds.




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Perfect Patriots beat San Diego 21-12 in AFCCG - NY Daily News

Tomlinson carried on the first two San Diego plays, and did not touch the ball again because of a bad knee. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers hung in despite a bum knee and star tight end Antonio Gates did his best with a dislocated toe.
The Chargers (13-6) gave a better performance than early this season, when they were routed 38-14 at New England. They trailed just 14-12 midway in the third quarter this time, but Brady's 6-yard TD pass to Wes Welker was enough for New England.
Maroney ran for 122 yards to help hold the lead.



In stark comparison to Lady Tomlinson, Philip Rivers was a warrior, playing this game on a torn ACL.





Patriots 21, Chargers 12 (Live Blog) - The Fifth Down



Remember that Game When Philip Rivers Played on a Torn ACL? [2:26]



2007 Chargers at Patriots AFC Championship Highlights [8:31]
 

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Tomlinson Pouts on Bench in AFCCG


Sunday January 20, 2008 at 3:00
2007 AFC Championship Game at Gillette
New England Patriots 21, San Diego Chargers 12
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Norv Turner
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Philip Rivers
Odds: New England favored by 14

Pats improve to 18-0; advance to Super Bowl 42
Chargers finish 13-6

Key Stats:
Third Down: Patriots 7-13; Chargers 3-12
Laurence Maroney: 4.9 yards per carry; 25 rushes for 122 yards and one TD
Kevin Faulk: 9 touches for 90 yards, including 8 receptions on 8 targets for 82 yards
Wes Welker: 7 receptions on 9 targets, 56 yards, one TD
Ellis Hobbs: Team-high 8 tackles (7 solo) and one interception

The game began slowly, with five short drives ending in a punt for the two offenses. On the first play of the third Patriot possession Quentin Jammer intercepted a deep pass on the right intended for Donté Stallworth. Four plays later San Diego had a first-and-goal at the nine, but the defense stiffened and held the Chargers to a field goal.

On the next possession Tom Brady completed five of six passes, using quick, short routes and screens to neutralize edge pass rushers Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips. The drive included a 14 yard end around from Randy Moss, and Kevin Faulk had three catches for 25 yards. Laurence Maroney's one-yard run gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

San Diego moved the ball quickly on the next possession, with 6'5 Vincent Jackson catching passes of 15, 16 and 21 yards. Again the Patriot red zone defense held their ground, limiting the Chargers to a field goal after another first-and-goal at the nine yard line.

The Patriots were forced to punt again but pinned San Diego down on their own four yard line. Asante Samuel intercepted a pass and Pats took over on the Charger 24 yard line. Brady completed a pair of 12 yards passes, to Kevin Faulk and Jabar Gaffney, and New England led 14-6.

Ellis Hobbs ended the next Charger possession with an interception, but the Patriots went three and out. With 1:46 left in the half the Patriots focused on defending deep passes and the sideline; Darren Sproles ran up the middle twice for 34 yards to put the Chargers in position for their third field goal just before time expired.

The first possession of the second half ended with another pass intended for Stallworth being intercepted. Passes from Philip Rivers to Jackson put the Chargers in the red zone again, but on third-and-one from the four Junior Seau stood up Michael Turner for a loss of two. A fourth field goal by Nate Kaeding made the score 14-12.

Laurence Maroney ran for 18, 11, six and four yards on the next drive to give the Patriots a first and goal. On third and two Brady was picked off again. Rather than go down in the end zone to give San Diego the ball at the 20, Antonio Cromartie attempted to run the ball out, despite being in the middle of the end zone and surrounded by bodies.

For the second time the Chargers were forced to start a drive from their own four yard line. Five plays later San Diego was forced to punt, and once again the Pats had the ball in good field position. Laurence Maroney's 20 yard run set up a six yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker, and the Pats led 21-12 with 12:16 left to play in the fourth quarter.

San Diego moved into Patriot territory on the ensuing drive, but was again forced to punt. From there it was all Maroney and Faulk as the Pats held the ball for the final nine minutes and 13 seconds. The Patriots simply kept the San Diego offense on the bench in the second half, with their final three drives going for 65 yards, 67 yards and 65 yards - and consuming a combined 19:10 off the clock. The Chargers had the ball just three times in the second half - a field goal and two punts - for a mere eight minutes and 22 seconds.




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Perfect Patriots beat San Diego 21-12 in AFCCG - NY Daily News

Tomlinson carried on the first two San Diego plays, and did not touch the ball again because of a bad knee. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers hung in despite a bum knee and star tight end Antonio Gates did his best with a dislocated toe.
The Chargers (13-6) gave a better performance than early this season, when they were routed 38-14 at New England. They trailed just 14-12 midway in the third quarter this time, but Brady's 6-yard TD pass to Wes Welker was enough for New England.
Maroney ran for 122 yards to help hold the lead.



In stark comparison to Lady Tomlinson, Philip Rivers was a warrior, playing this game on a torn ACL.





Patriots 21, Chargers 12 (Live Blog) - The Fifth Down



Remember that Game When Philip Rivers Played on a Torn ACL? [2:26]



2007 Chargers at Patriots AFC Championship Highlights [8:31]


Yeah Brady kinda sucked that game... Throwing - and failing - on multiple 3rd/shorts... The EZ pick was simply Inexcusable... Those ****-ups cost us at least 6 points, and gave SD 3 at the end of the half... Probably the least-enjoyable AFCC of the 9.
 

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Pats beat Chiefs in Overtime Thriller


Sunday January 20, 2019 at 6:40
2018 AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium
New England Patriots 37, Kansas City Chiefs 31 in OT
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Andy Reid
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes
Odds: Kansas City favored by 3

Patriots improve to 13-5, advance to Super Bowl 53
Chiefs finish 13-5

44 points were scored from the start of the fourth quarter on, in what was one of the most exciting games in franchise history. As part of the league's 100th anniversary, this game was ranked as the 36th greatest game in NFL history, dubbed The Frozen Shootout.


NFL Films Highlight Video (16:49):



By the time the fourth quarter came, the Patriots looked like they were in control.​
Then all hell broke loose.​
The Patriots entered the final quarter up 17-7. By the time there was 1:57 left on the clock, the lead had changed three times – and not in the Pats favor in this wild AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs. Tom Brady took the field down 28-24 with the seconds ticking away in Sunday’s title game.​
Like he’s done time and time again, Brady orchestrated another fourth-quarter comeback, but this day was different. Rex Burkhead ran in for a 4-yard touchdown to give the Patriots a 31-28 lead with 39 seconds remaining. It took the Chiefs 31 seconds to get a 39-yard game-tying field goal from Harrison Butker.​


The Final Drive (1:01):




As Tom Brady led the New England Patriots down the field in the crucible of overtime, there was a familiar sense of inevitability, an atmosphere that was both tense and predictable. These were only the latest minutes in a cavalcade of triumphant overtime postseason Patriots moments that stretch from a snowy game in 2002 to the one played in frigid conditions here Sunday night.​
More of Brady’s passes failed than succeeded in the overtime period against the Kansas City Chiefs, but all the ones that mattered most were reliably rifled into the arms of his receivers. As the Patriots neared the Chiefs’ goal line, a winning touchdown and a ninth Patriots Super Bowl appearance this century seemed preordained.​



The Lamar Hunt Trophy was supposed to finally come back home. It was to be won by Kansas City in their stadium, with their MVP quarterback, in what was unquestionably the biggest home game in team history.​
But this game ended like so many of the postseason contests of the last generation for the Patriots—and for the last two generations for Kansas City.​
That the Chiefs were even in position to make their first Super Bowl in 49 years after four quarters against the Patriots was a feat within itself. New England almost doubled Kansas City in time of possession during regulation, had 12 more first downs than the Chiefs and totaled 161 more yards of total offense. The Kansas City offense was shut out in the first half for this first time this season.​
By the time Patriots’ Matthew Slater called heads on the coin toss for overtime, the Chiefs’ defense had been on the field for 39:07 of the 60 minutes, and had to go back onto the field for three minutes and 50 more seconds. First and second downs weren’t an issue, but third downs went like this: Julian Edelman for 20 yards on third-and-10 from the New England 35. Edelman for 15 yards on third-and-10 from the Kansas City 45. Rob Gronkowski—the same Gronk who has one foot in Hollywood and who hadn’t been targeted more than eight times this season—for 15 yards on his 11th target on the day to get inside the red zone.​
“The defense played great but it’s hard to play 50 minutes of football,” All-Pro guard Mitchell Schwartz said. “And we kind of left them on the field the entire day.”​


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Ravens upset Pats in AFCCG


Baltimore defeated the Patriots in Foxboro to set up the Harbaugh Bowl: the only time a pair of brothers coached against each other in Super Bowl history.

Sunday January 20, 2013 at 6:40
2012 AFC Championship Game at Gillette
Baltimore Ravens 28, New England Patriots 13
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, John Harbaugh
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Joe Flacco
Odds: New England favored by 7

Patriots finish 13-5
Ravens improve to 13-6, advance to Super Bowl 47 vs San Francisco

The Patriots led 13-7 at halftime but were unable to score again. Baltimore's first drive of the second half stalled after only one first down, and after a punt New England took possession at their own 9-yard line. The Pats drove to the Raven 36 yard line, but could only pick up two more yards. Rather than attempt a 52 yard field goal on a windy day, the Patriots punted.

Baltimore drove 87 yards on ten plays to take a 14-13 lead. The Pats went 3-and-out, and the Ravens scored again - on another ten play drive, this one finishing on the first play of the fourth quarter.

On the ensuing drive old nemesis Bernard Pollard forced a Stevan Ridley fumble, and Baltimore recovered. Four plays later the Ravens were in the end zone to make the score 28-13. The Patriots responded, advancing to a first down at the Baltimore 25 on a pass to Deion Branch. The Pats were faced with a 4th-and-4 from the 19 yard line and down by 15 with 8:35 to play. A field goal would not help; the Patriots would be down by 12, and therefore still need to score two touchdowns. Brady's pass to Branch fell incomplete, and for all intents and purposes the game was over.

The Patriots were without Rob Gronkowski after he reportedly broke his forearm the previous week against Houston, blocking on an extra point when up by 35 points. The Pats were led offensively by Wes Welker (8 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown) and Aaron Hernandez (9 receptions for 83 yards). Anquan Boldin had two fourth quarter touchdown receptions for Baltimore.
 

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Don't forget what Tom Brady said on the celebration stand after that Chargers game as soon as they gave him the mike: "I know I sucked tonight."

Think about that, a QB on top of his game, and he acknowledges the difficulty of throwing in 5 -10 degree temperatures.
 

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Today in Patriots History
Ravens upset Pats in AFCCG



...The Patriots were without Rob Gronkowski after he reportedly broke his forearm the previous week against Houston, blocking on an extra point when up by 35 points. The Pats were led offensively by Wes Welker (8 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown) and Aaron Hernandez (9 receptions for 83 yards)...

Both WW's & AH's final game as Patriots.

And I'm still extremely ****ing pissed-off that Gronkowski was blocking on a ****ing XP up 35.
 

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Sugar Bear Hamilton


Happy 71st birthday to Ray Hamilton
Born January 20, 1951 in Omaha, Nebraska
Patriot NT, 1973-1981; uniform #71
Pats 14th round (342nd overall) selection of the 1973 draft, from Oklahoma

Ray Hamilton played in 134 NFL games, all for the New England Patriots. He also worked as an assistant defensive line coach with the Pats from 1985 to 1989 for Raymond Berry, and was the defensive line coach for the 1998 and 1989 seasons under Pete Carroll. Sugar Bear was also employed as a defensive line coach with several other NFL teams from 1991 to 2013.

Hamilton is a member of the New England Patriots All-Decade Team of the 1970s, but he is most well known for being on the wrong end of one of the worst calls by a referee in NFL sports history. He was incorrectly flagged by Ben Dreith in a 1976 playoff game at Oakland for roughing the passer on a fourth down incomplete pass. Ken Stabler himself later stated that it was the incorrect call.

The next opponent was Pittsburgh, and at that point the Steelers were dealing with so many injuries they posed no threat in the AFC championship game. That was also a down year for the NFC; there were at least three teams in the AFC that would have beaten any NFC team in the Super Bowl. The winner of the Patriots-Raiders game would be a heavy favorite to become the next champion of the NFL.


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January 20, 2006:
The Patriots name Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator, while retaining the title of quarterbacks coach. He had unofficially filled the role of OC in 2005 after Charlie Weiss departed to become head coach at Notre Dame.

On the same date Matt Caracciolo was promoted to Director of Football Operations, handling the daily logistical travel and training camp operations.





Happy 56th birthday to Chris Gannon
Born January 20, 1966 in Brandon, Florida
Patriot DE, 1990-1993; uniform #91
Pats 3rd round (73rd overall) selection of the 1989 draft, from SW Louisiana

Chris Gannon did not make the Patriot roster in 1989, and was claimed off waivers by the Chargers. He performed long snapper duties for the first ten games before landing on IR with a knee injury that would require surgery. San Diego assumed nobody would claim him due to the injury, and the Pats re-signed him on April 1, 1990. Gannon played in thirty games with two starts over the next four seasons, as a backup and situational defensive end.

After his playing days ended Gannon went back to the Ragin' Cajuns as an assistant coach from 1995-2000. Since then he has been employed by as a pharmaceutical sales rep by Allergen.




Happy 50th birthday to Alcides Catanho
Born January 20, 1972 in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Patriot LB, 1995; uniform #54
Signed as an undrafted rookie on May 1, 1995

Alcides Catanho began the 1995 season on the practice squad, and was then promoted to the active roster on September 13. He played in twelve games for the Patriots with one fumble recovery to his credit.




Two other football players born on this date have a New England connection:

Frank Mattiace, 61 (1961)
Holy Cross
The defensive lineman is one of nine Crusaders to make it to the NFL since 1987.

Tom Rodgers (1923-1992)
Tackle was drafted by the Boston Yanks in 1947, and played in nine games for that team.
 


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