8Protecting home field in Gillette
New England was the only NFL team to finish the regular season with a perfect 8-0 mark at home. Tom Brady and Co. outscored their opponents by an average of 16.3 points per game in those eight outings. This included wins over eventual playoff teams in that of the Texans, Colts and Chiefs. It’s also important to note that all eight of New England’s Super Bowl appearances under Bill Belichick came after the team hosted a divisional round matchup.
Though, Philip Rivers and Co. are not your normal opponent. By virtue of its win over Baltimore on Sunday, Los Angeles is a perfect 8-0 when playing outside of Southern California. Rivers is a grizzled veteran. He proved that in the wild-card round against an elite Ravens defense in conditions that suggested the Chargers would get blown out. Don’t put it past the future Hall of Famer to go into Gillette and come away with a rare win.