Patriots made a statement with win over the Chargers

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe wrote: NFL fans hoping for the Patriots’ demise this season might be sorely disappointed. Though the Patriots are only 4-4 after Sunday’s win, they made a big statement in beating the Chargers: They can beat a quality opponent, they can do it on the road, and they finally proved they can make winning plays in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t always pretty, and, in fact, the Patriots dominated the stat sheet yet let the Chargers hang around with sloppy football. But Mac Jones was clutch in the fourth quarter, the defense made several huge stops, and the Patriots did an excellent job of staying in bounds and milking 6:56 off the clock late in the fourth quarter. The fact the Patriots beat a quality opponent while not playing close to their best is a great sign. This is definitely a team on the rise, and won’t be fun to face over the second half of the regular season.

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