The Chargers' Melvin Gordon ran for 132 of their total 157 rushing yards, including an 87-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. For the second-straight week, the Patriots held an opposing quarterback to fewer than 300 yards (212).
The Chargers probably aren't good enough to overcome coaching and special teams blunders against a team like the Patriots. Tom Brady engineered a 14-play, 77-yard drive - complete with three third-down conversions - getting within a point on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Rob Gronkowski and tying the game on Stephen Gostkowski's PAT at 7-7. The Patriots were able to tackle him in the end zone for a safety.
Against the Patriots on Sunday, Benjamin pulled off what might just be the worst punt return in National Football League history.
That's not great. After the safety, the Patriots kicked a field goal, extending their lead over the Chargers.
Despite scoring 13 points, the Chargers never actually entered the red zone. It's hard to put a finger on what exactly Benjamin was thinking during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium, when he muffed a New England punt near the 10-yard-line.
The Chargers final drive would end when Rivers would throw an interception to Jonathan Jones to end the game.
The Chargers now head into their bye week with a 3-5 record before returning to the field November 12 to battle the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road.