The Chargers' lone championship came in the AFL, and they beat the Boston Patriots, 51-10, in 1963 to do it.
2005 RANKINGS: Chargers: offense 14th (3rd rush, 25th pass); defense 25th (14th rush, 28th pass). Patriots: offense 5th (30th rush, 2nd pass); defense 9th (6th rush, 11th pass)
PREDICTION: Chargers 24-20
KEYS TO THE GAME: As tempting as it may be to attack the Patriots' beat up secondary, the Chargers can't get away from relying heavily on RB LaDainian Tomlinson. They need to get him early touches and use him as the primary weapon to set up the downfield passing game.
With New England holding such a strong home-field advantage, the Chargers can't afford to lose the turnover battle. The Patriots could have trouble controlling the clock with the offensive line struggling to open holes for RB Corey Dillon, but QB Tom Brady should have little trouble moving the ball against the Chargers' suspect secondary.
Chargers: Are 13-4 when Tomlinson scores at least two touchdowns. Tomlinson has at least one touchdown in 15 consecutive games, four shy of Lenny Moore's NFL record.
Patriots: Have a 21-game home winning streak dating to Dec. 22, 2002 and are 25-3 (.893) all-time at Gillette Stadium. Dillon needs 137 rushing yards to become 17th player with 10,000 for his career.
Troy Brown has 488 career catches and needs three more to move into second place on the team's all-time list ahead of Ben Coates. Brown is also 30 yards away from bumping Irving Fryar out the No. 2 spot on the Patriots' career receiving yardage list. Brown has 5,697 yards.