The Chargers know how to win on the road.
They went 7-0 in regular-season road games outside of Los Angeles (they lost to the Rams in Los Angeles in an official road game), won their playoff game in Baltimore and added a victory in a “home” game over the Titans in London. Even more impressively, they are 5-0 in games when they have had to travel beyond the central time zone.
New England is well aware of this fact and it knows Los Angeles won’t be intimidated by a tough road atmosphere.
“I think mental toughness is a big part of that,” special teams player Matt Slater said, via the Boston Globe. “I think having great leadership within your organization is going to be a big part of that, and then, you know, just coming together as brothers. I think that they feel something special, and they do. The belief that you have to have in one another to go on the road and win is really necessary.”
The Chargers won games this season in traditionally tough road atmospheres. Los Angeles beat the Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, Ravens and Broncos on the road. They did so by rallying for victories in Pittsburgh and Kansas City.
“I think they have that belief,” Slater said. “They’ve proved it week-in and week-out. No matter the situation, no matter the game, circumstances, they’ve won those games, so it says a lot about who they are.”
Los Angeles, though, has struggled on the road in New England in the playoffs (as has everyone else). In Philip Rivers’ career in Foxborough in the postseason he is 0-1 and he is 0-2 in his career in the playoffs against the Patriots.
He is 1-7 lifetime against New England and has never defeated Tom Brady. The Patriots have history on their side at home, as well, as Brady is a career 19-3 in Foxborough in the playoffs. He has not lost a game in New England in the postseason since 2012.
The Patriots and Chargers will match up at Gillette Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.