The reigning Super Bowl champions are still in the mix after Nick Foles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on fourth down with 56 seconds left, sending the Philadelphia Eagles to a 16-15 victory over the NFC North champion Chicago Bears on Sunday. It certainly will be a battle, as the Chargers finished the season with a 12-4 record, while New England finished the campaign a flawless 8-0 at Gillette Stadium.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Sunday that the team decided against activating him for the wild-card game vs. the Ravens.
"We got to get better, no question", Rivers said. "They've been in the conference championship I think seven or eight in a row or whatever, but for most of us it's not that easy to get in and when you get in and now you know you're one of eight teams, that's all you can ask for is a chance". Prescott passed for a TD and ran for another score to help the Cowboys top the Seattle Seahawks 24-22 in their first-round matchup.
At Houston, Luck flipped a six-yard touchdown toss to Eric Ebron and an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dontrelle Inman, while Mack scored on a two-yard run as the Colts leaped ahead 21-0 at halftime.
This would be the first playoff matchup between the Chargers and Patriots since the 2007 season, when the Pats won 21-12 in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. "Me and this whole team, we want to win it all". You always want to have confidence in your team especially after a postseason victory, but Rivers may have made a mistake by talking too much about New England, next weekend's opponent.
The future Hall of Famer has all the respect in the world for Bill Belichick, Brady and the entire Patriots organization. I'm not playing those guys, but I have a great deal of respect. Jacksonville probably isn't as helpless as it looked this season considering it's still stocked with defensive talent and went an unlucky 2-6 in games decided by less than a touchdown. "Heck, yeah. Heck, yeah, it is special".