San Diego Chargers defeat New England Patriots, 41-17

This is the 20th year Marty Schottenheimer has been a head coach in the National Football League, so he understands that, regardless of what other propaganda you may hear, there are limits to any team's resiliency.

Limits to its ability to adapt and make do with lesser lights suddenly thrust into the limelight. Limits, as he put it yesterday, to the number of fingers available to any coach, no matter his strategic brilliance, when the two most important members of his team...

The Patriots played without tackle Matt Light (broken leg), but overall the offensive line was decent yesterday with rookie Nick Kaczur earning the starting nod on the left side next to fellow rookie Logan Mankins.

San Diego sacked Tom Brady just once, but did pressure the Patriots' quarterback into a 19-for-32 passing day.

''I think those guys are working hard and trying hard and they are improving," Brady said. ''It is tough for those guys sometime, but they are go...

The house at One Patriot Place is far from a humble abode.

In fact, with its $325 million price tag, 1.9 million square feet of space on a 17.3-acre spread, and convenient parking for 16,500, it is a rather ostentatious dwelling.

The owners like to invite guests over on certain Sundays in the fall for friendly games of football. Fans of the sport are welcome to watch.

Usually -- 21 straight times to be exact -- the fans have fun, the hosts are celebrated, and the ...

This was the antithesis of everything they've done.

The New England Patriots have come to personify preparation, discipline, and, above all, the uncanny ability to successfully implement the right play at the right moment.

Where were those instincts yesterday? They were embedded along the sideline of the San Diego Chargers. Quarterback Drew Brees was Tom Brady, a poised, patient leader who delivered on every big throw. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson was Corey Dillo...