The Chargers have a rich history during primetime games; the infamous Sunday Night Football (SNF) being one of them. Philip Rivers alone is 8-4 since his first NFL appearance in 2006 where he rallied the team to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champions, The Pittsburg Steelers, to a 23-13 victory. However, this Sunday is one of the most significant and enticing games the Chargers will play this year.

This Sunday, the notorious 9-3 New England Patriots travel almost 3000 miles to take on the 8-4 San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium for an exhilarating Sunday Night Football showdown. The last time the Chargers face offed against the Patriots in a SNF game was back on October 12th, 2008; embarrassing the Patriots to a 30-10 win at Qualcomm Stadium. Yet, the significance of this year is much different.

The Chargers started their season off the best they have in recent years; going 5-1 and entering week 7 with tremendous confidence. Unfortunately, that is where the Chargers were struck with the injury bug, mixed with poor play, sending them in a three in a row loss whirlwind. After the bye week, the Chargers recuperated and have won their last three games to keep their playoff hopes alive; including the captivating win against the Baltimore Ravens. Now in week fourteen, San Diego’s no 8th ranked defense will compete against the no 6th ranked offense; the Patriots. This isn’t just another needed win; it’s playing for their lives.

This week’s win is more than just a playoff appearance; it proves that the San Diego Chargers are capable of getting the job done in typical December fashion. Speaking of December, in case you didn’t know, the month is now referred to “Philcember” by most Charger fans. Why? Well, Rivers is 30-6 in the month of December and executes better than any quarterback in NFL history. In the last four games of each season, Rivers is 29-3 at 90.6%; surpassing Tom Brady at 40-8 and 83%. All I can see now is the money sign that Johnny Football uses, shaking my wrist at stats like those; are non-Rivers fans still hating?

This matchup is one for the books. The Patriots are coming off a loss at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers, but don’t let that fool you; the Pats’ have already defeated some of the league’s best teams earning them nine wins on the season. On the flip side, the same can be said about the Chargers. This is an AFC matchup that will turn many heads and bring almost all NFL fans entirely glued to the TV on Sunday night. Any true football junkie will know that if any team can defeat the Patriots, the Chargers are the ones to always shock the nation.

A win this Sunday will no doubt idly give the Chargers an opportunity to claim the AFC West division title; the team hasn’t won the AFC West since 2009. Why would they want to settle for anything less? The matchup will be more than physical; it will be war. The Chargers are in playoff mode and the Patriots will be fooling themselves if they think they have this one in the bag. I will be watching, along with the rest of the nation, one of the most anticipated games this year. Watch out everyone and brace yourselves, lighting will be striking Sunday night at the Q.


Briana Soltis

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