Los Angeles Chargers hang tough, but fall to Patriots in Foxborough

New England Patriots receiver Chris Hogan sustained a shoulder injury in Week 8 during the team's win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

The win improves the Patriots to 6-2 on the season, while the Chargers drop to 3-5. That's where he got tackled behind the goal line, bringing the Patriots to a 9 to 7 advantage.

To start the second half, Dion Lewis would return the opening kickoff 71-yards into Chargers territory, but the offensive drive would end with a Gostkowski missed field goal.

That's not great. After the safety, the Patriots kicked a field goal, extending their lead over the Chargers.

For a second straight week, Chargers punt returner Travis Benjamin reached the end zone. Down 18-13, the Bolts elected to go for a two-point conversion, but failed. Left with just 1:08 and no time outs, Rivers led his team all the way down to the Patriots' 23-yard line. Curiously, especially given the weather conditions, Los Angeles chose to attempt a 51-yard field goal.

New England's pass defense had been culpable for the large number of big plays against it earlier in the season, but this time, an error in the run game proved costly. It certainly seemed as though they could pull the upset as the Patriots came out a bit stagnant.

The New England Patriots have won their fourth Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick Era by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28 - 24 in Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.