Los Angeles Chargers hang tough, but fall to Patriots in Foxborough

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The Patriots won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half, electing to give the Chargers possession to begin the game. That seemed an impossible task a fortnight ago. He found Rob Gronkowski for the 72nd touchdown between the pair over their careers, and spread the ball out to eight different receivers on the day, highlighted by an 85-yard day afternoon from running back James White.

Hogan, one of the Patriots' top two receivers, suffered the injury with 3:27 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady over the middle. In 8 games he has 33 receptions for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Hogan, who was in obvious discomfort as he left the locker room after the game, finished with five catches for 60 yards.

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As Benjamin recovered it, he ran backward to avoid the Patriots defenders and into his own end zone where he was tackled for a safety.

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Benjamin pulled off what might just be the worst punt return in National Football League history.

Hogan came into the game dealing with an injury to his ribs. It's hard to put a finger on what exactly Benjamin was thinking during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium, when he muffed a New England punt near the 10-yard-line. Rivers' desparation pass was intercepted on the 1-yard line by Jonathan Jones to seal the win.