The Patriots then played keep away for the rest of the first half while forcing negative game script or the Chargers in the second half, which capped Gordon's use for the rest of the afternoon. Last week, he scored six points for the Chargers via a 65-yard touchdown return. In 8 games he has 33 receptions for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns. After recovering with the ball, Benjamin chose to run from coverage - into the end zone - where he was pinned down by Matthew Slater and Jonathan Jones, giving the Patriots a safety and a 9-7 lead.
That's not great. After the safety, the Patriots kicked a field goal, extending their lead over the Chargers.
The Patriots defeated the Chargers 21-13.
After the teams traded punts, the Patriots went on an important 11-play drive that culminated in a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. However, the Chargers would fail to convert a two-point conversion, giving the Patriots a five-point lead, 18-13. Left with just 1:08 and no time outs, Rivers led his team all the way down to the Patriots' 23-yard line.
The Patriots will take their bye week next week before traveling to Denver on November 12.
Nick Novak missed a 51-yard field goal attempt on the team's first drive.