Insider Notes

You can expect a packed house at the Q this Sunday for the game between the Chargers and the defending Super Bowl Patriots. Jerry McBurney, director of ticket sales and services, said the club sold 1,400 tickets to the game Monday and 1,300 more yesterday. "That's one of the better days we've had in recent years," he said of Monday. "That's about four times what we sell in a normal day." The place will be rocking for a game between two 3-0 teams.

The parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium is expected to fill and close by 11 a.m. Game time is 1:15 p.m. Mass transit is available. For more information, call InfoExpress at (619) 685-4900 or the Regional Transit Telephone Information line at 1-800 COMMUTE.

Series history The Chargers' 10 losses in a row to the Patriots constitute the longest current streak in the NFL. New England leads the series 17-12. The teams tied in 1965 and '67.

Other notes The Chargers are 9-13 against defending Super Bowl champions and have lost seven of the past eight.

The Chargers have the #1 defense in the NFL while the Patriots lead the league in points per game (38.3).

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