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BEN VOLIN

Patriots Replay: Key plays from New England’s win over the Chargers

Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

Melvin Gordon’s 87-yard touchdown run — what happened?

Defensive end Cassius Marsh had control of the edge . . .

But Marsh got walled off and wiped out, while safety Patrick Chung shot the wrong gap . . .

While safety Duron Harmon got turned around the wrong way . . .

And it was off to the races for Gordon.

Replacing Hightower

On rushing downs, the Patriots moved linebacker Kyle Van Noy to Donta Hightower’s spot on the edge, and used linebackers David Harris and Elandon Roberts on the inside.

But on obvious passing downs, Van Noy moved back to middle linebacker.

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Defending the Patriots

The Chargers did a good job of stacking the line of scrimmage and disguising which players were rushing and dropping.

And they consistently brought an extra defender into the box to stop the run.

Off his game

Quarterback Tom Brady didn’t consistently see the field well. On third and 14, instead of checking down to either of his wide open running backs for a potential catch-and-run . . .

Brady chucked it deep to receiver Chris Hogan in double coverage, and was lucky it wasn’t intercepted.

Protecting Brady

Running back James White wasn’t just great catching the ball. He once again had an excellent game in pass protection.

Offensive snap counts
KC (81) NO (76) HOU (65) CAR (70) TB (74) NYJ (68) ATL (74) LA (86) Tot (594) %
G Shaq Mason 81 76 65 70 74 68 74 86 594 100.0%
G Joe Thuney 81 76 65 70 74 68 74 86 594 100.0%
C David Andrews 81 76 65 70 74 68 74 86 594 100.0%
QB Tom Brady 81 76 65 70 74 68 74 86 594 100.0%
LT Nate Solder 81 76 64 70 74 66 74 86 591 99.5%
TE Rob Gronkowski 78 46 64 70 0 63 71 86 478 80.5%
WR Brandin Cooks 67 65 58 64 72 66 70 82 544 91.6%
WR Chris Hogan 73 65 59 68 74 63 59 75 536 90.2%
OT LaAdrian Waddle 8 0 65 0 0 6 0 51 130 21.9%
RT Marcus Cannon 81 76 0 70 74 68 74 35 478 80.5%
WR Danny Amendola 32 0 32 36 55 29 38 32 254 42.8%
RB Dion Lewis 6 14 12 14 18 29 26 30 149 25.1%
FB James Develin 19 24 15 16 13 25 24 29 165 27.8%
RB Rex Burkhead 10 8 0 0 0 0 13 27 58 9.8%
RB James White 43 30 32 43 35 29 23 20 255 42.9%
TE Dwayne Allen 27 46 17 9 50 6 20 20 195 32.8%
RB Mike Gillislee 24 30 21 18 24 13 13 13 156 26.3%
WR Phillip Dorsett 18 32 7 9 20 11 8 8 113 19.0%
WR Matt Slater 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 8 1.3%
TE Jacob Hollister 0 16 7 3 8 1 1 4 40 6.7%
OT Cam Fleming 0 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 7 1.2%

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