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Chargers @ Patriots: Rivers, Brady set for showdown in Foxboro

Chargers @ Patriots NFL odds spreads and predictions

Philip Rivers will lead the Chargers into Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday.

Rivers will likely get inducted into the Hall of Fame, but it would be much more satisfying if he got into Canton as a Super Bowl champion.

The Chargers will need to survive the challenge of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this Sunday in a huge matchup between the two AFC rivals.

Game information

When is it? Sunday January 13th

What time is tip off? 1:05 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Gillette Stadium

Which channel is it on? CBS

The lowdown

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has already expressed his excitement over the upcoming matchup with Philip Rivers via an Instagram post.

Rivers hasn't yet beaten Brady in the playoffs.

In fact, according to ESPN Stats & Info's Twitter account, Brady is 7-0 straight up against Rivers in playoff games.

Another thing going for the Patriots is that they have yet to lose a game this season in Foxboro. They are a perfect 8-0 at home. The Patriots haven't lost at home since October of 2017.

The Patriots have passed each and every test this season. They have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Chicago Bears.

The Patriots are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games.

Chargers @ Patriots Spread

The New England Patriots are giving the Chargers 4 points in this matchup.

Yes, everything points in favor of the Patriots to come away with a victory in this one. However, I'm here to tell you that the Chargers have a legit shot to come away with a win on Sunday.

Take the Chargers and the points in this football game. Los Angeles will give one helluva game to New England in the AFC Divisional Round.

Chargers @ Patriots Moneyline

If you want to roll with the Patriots, you'd have to put out $200 to win a $100 bet.

A $100 bet on the Chargers would get you winnings of $170.

It's worth taking a risk with the Los Angeles moneyline in this matchup.

Chargers @ Patriots Over/Under

The over/under is set at 47 total points in this one.

My final score prediction: Los Angeles Chargers 31, New England Patriots 28.

Roll with the over in this contest.

Where the game will be won or lost

The Chargers came away with a huge 23-17 road win against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday.

Rivers completed 22-of-32 passes for only 160 passing yards, but he had no touchdowns. Rivers managed the game well as the Chargers focused on rushing the ball more because of the Ravens' tough pass defense.

Rivers will need to play bigger on Sunday against the Pats' defense, which was 22nd in the NFL allowing 246.8 passing yards per game this past season.

On defense, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. One of the biggest keys for the Chargers will be their pass rush, which came away with seven sacks of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson last Sunday. Pass rushers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa will look to make life hard for Brady and the Pats' passing offense.

The Chargers are 9-1 straight up in their last 10 road games.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NFL