2018 AFC Playoffs

An early look at how Patriots and Chargers match up

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A few early thoughts on next Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers divisional playoff contest at Gillette Stadium:

1. On the surface, this looks like it has the potential to be a really fun game with a lot of above-the-marquee type of talent: Tom Brady vs. Philip Rivers, Stephon Gilmore vs. Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa vs. Trent Brown and Bill Belichick vs. Anthony Lynn. But one of the wild cards in this one is going to be