3 things we learned in the Patriots win over the Chargers

WATCH: Chargers' Travis Benjamin runs one of the worst punt returns in NFL history

The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Melvin Gordon ripped off an 87-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

It's too easy, and really does no good to use Julian Edelman's absence for the excuse as to why the Patriots have been so awful in the red zone as of late. With one second to play in the game, the Chargers had one more shot to the end zone, but Rivers had his pass intercepted.

The win improves the Patriots to 6-2 on the season, while the Chargers drop to 3-5. But on the punt that followed, Travis Benjamin - who won AFC Offensive Player of the Week just one week ago - managed to run backwards 11 yards into the end zone in search of a running lane.


Another Los Angeles punt gave New England the ball back at its own 22 at the two-minute warning.

This is the third time that Gostkowski has missed two field goals in a game, and the first time it has happened since 2012. However, the Chargers would fail to convert a two-point conversion, giving the Patriots a five-point lead, 18-13.

Fortunately, for Hogan and the Patriots, they have a bye week coming up. That was a big factor in the Patriots allowing the Chargers to stick around with some hope until the final second of the game, when Jones picked off Rivers' final throw.

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