Chargers QB Philip Rivers says L.A. ‘doesn’t care’ about Patriots’ dynasty
Philip Rivers and the Los Angles Chargers don’t have time to relax after their 23-17 win in the wild card round against the Baltimore Ravens. They have to fly back to the west coast before heading back to Foxborough to face off with the New England Patriots next week.
“We know the run [the Patriots have] had,” he told Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports. “It seems like forever, they’re always in these games, and games beyond. … We’re going to fly back home, and then we’re going to fly back out here for another 10 a.m. West Coast kick. We really don’t care.”
The run that Rivers is referring to is one of the most dominant stretches in professional sports. Since 2001, New England has only missed the playoffs twice, and during that span, they’ve won five Super Bowls and eight AFC championship games.
They’ve gone through the Chargers twice as well. Before their move to Los Angles, the Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-21 in the 2006 divisional round before beating them again 21-12 in the AFC championship in 2007.
Eleven years later, Rivers and Tom Brady will face off again in the playoffs with Rivers looking for his first divisional round win in over a decade. The Chargers went 12-4 this season but will be on the road at the 11-5 Patriots. New England was able to win their division, while the Chargers were forced into a Wild Card seed by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Los Angles will have their work cut out for them, while they were fending off a comeback by the Baltimore Ravens, New England was at home resting on a first-round bye.