Quick take: Patriots dominate Bolts 38-14

It was over when...
Tom Brady found tight end Ben Watson alone in the corner of the end zone on the Patriots' opening drive for the first of three touchdown passes. The Patriots never trailed in the game as the Chargers secondary could not keep up with Randy Moss and New England's wide receivers.

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Bill Belichick. Despite all the fines, the phone calls with the commissioner and press conferences, the Patriots coach prepared his team as well as he always does and executed an excellent game plan.

Key stat
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers never looked very comfortable behind center, feeling pressure from all sides of the Patriots' defensive front. The third-year QB was sacked three times on his way to an 19-of-30, 179-yard, two-touchdown, two-interception performance.

Noteworthy
New England opened the game with 10 straight passes, including a 7-yard touchdown to Watson. ... With just 43 yards on the ground, the game marked the first time that Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson failed to rush for 50 yards in consecutive contests (he gained 25 yards on 17 carries in Week 1 against the Bears).

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