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New England 27, L.A. Chargers 24
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, October 31, 2021
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
Temperature: 64°
Head Official: Ron Torbert
Attendance: 70240

Adrian Phillips intercepted Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert twice, including a 26-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter that put the New England Patriots ahead for good in a 27-24 win at Los Angeles on Sunday.

Phillips, who spent his first six NFL seasons with the Chargers, dove to pick off Herbert on a 3rd-and-10 pass intended for Jared Cook, who never turned around for the pass. Phillips popped up and scrambled into the end zone untouched for a TD with 10:11 remaining.

Mac Jones found Jakobi Meyers for a two-point conversion to put New England ahead 24-17. The Patriots capped a nearly seven-minute drive later in the quarter with a 30-yard field goal by Nick Folk with 2:19 remaining to go up 27-17.

Herbert connected with Joshua Palmer on a 24-yard desperation TD with 40 seconds to play, but the Chargers failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.

Jones finished 18-of-35 passing for 218 yards, and Damien Harris rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for New England (4-4), which has won back-to-back games and three of its past four to get back to .500.

Herbert was 18-of-35 passing for 223 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Austin Ekeler rushed 11 times for 64 yards and a touchdown for Los Angeles (4-3), which suffered its second straight loss.

With the Chargers up 14-13 at halftime, the teams swapped field goals in the third quarter. Folk made a 48-yarder with 3:39 left before Los Angeles' Dustin Hopkins kicked a 48-yarder with 39 seconds left.

Los Angeles scored on the game's opening drive as Ekeler's 5-yard TD run capped an eight-play, 75-yard series to make it 7-0. New England answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive to make the score 7-7 after Harris' 1-yard scoring run.

Herbert's 5-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen restored the lead for Los Angeles at 14-7 with 12:35 to play in the second quarter. Folk kicked a 24-yard field goal with 3:29 on the clock and added a 48-yarder with 10 seconds left for the Patriots as they trailed 14-13 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
New England   L.A. Chargers
Damien Harris Player Justin Jackson
23 Attempts 3
80 Yards 79
3.5 Avg Yards 26.3
1 Touchdowns 0
10 Long 75
Receiving
New England   L.A. Chargers
Nelson Agholor Player Keenan Allen
3 Receptions 6
60 Yards 77
20.0 Avg Yards 12.8
0 Touchdowns 1
44 Long 41
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
New England 352 142 210 2 4 2 3.0 0
L.A. Chargers 369 163 206 3 1 0 1.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • L.A. Chargers will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Chargers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • New England will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Patriots have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .750 after a loss.