New England Patriots defeat San Diego Chargers, 23-20

SAN DIEGO — The snap judgment this morning is that the Patriots got lucky on the Left Coast yesterday.

That they had horseshoes inside their helmets, and rabbits’ feet tucked into their cleats after surviving a furious fourth-quarter rally by the San Diego Chargers.

There was certainly some good fortune involved in holding on for dear life and a 23-20 victory over the Chargers yesterday at Qualcomm Stadium, but good teams make their own luck. At 5-1 the Patriots are a g...

SAN DIEGO -- A day like this, you get the W and then sprint for the plane before someone asks for a recount.

"It's good to win on a day when you don't play great,'' said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. "You've got to win those when you have the opportunity.''

OK, was this game won, or was it lost? You certainly could make a stronger case for the latter belief. The Cowboys have been getting all the national attention for squandering talent and handing games away, but ...

SAN DIEGO — Everything that makes the Chargers’ pass defense No. 1 in the NFL showed itself against the Patriots yesterday.

There weren’t many positive moments for the Patriots’ offense, which was held to 179 total yards.

The Chargers blitzed. They pressured. And they forced the Patriots to scramble for any way to be productive.

The Patriots were stuffed on fourth and 1 late in the fourth quarter, stumped in the red zone (2 of 5), and frustrated on third down (3 o...