-The Chargers were unable to live up to the revenge factor of Sunday's game. The Chargers have faced the teams that knocked them out of the playoffs the previous season seven times. They are 5-2 in payback games, with both losses coming at the hands of New England.
-Antonio Cromartie imposed his impressive season on Tom Brady. His end zone interception marked his second postseason pick and his 12th overall.
-Shawne Merriman failed to continue his sack streak. Merriman was held to four tackles and never reached Brady. Prior to Sunday, Merriman earned eight sacks in the last eight games.
-Stephen Cooper attempted to reach double-digit tackling totals for the second consecutive week, but earned only six against the Patriots.
-In the Chargers' eight-game winning streak, Rivers completed 62.1 percent of his passes. On Sunday, that number dipped to 51.4.
-The Patriots sacked Rivers once on Sunday. The offensive line allowed just five sacks in the final six games.
-Vincent Jackson finished with more than 90 yards in every playoff game. He paced the Chargers with 93 yards on Sunday.
-Chris Chambers continued to be Rivers' favorite target (7 receptions, 90 yards). Chambers caught at least two balls in every game as a Charger. The Chargers went 10-3 after his acquisition.
For the Record (Including Playoffs
-A loss in New England gave San Diego a 5-5 record on the road.
-The Chargers also finished at .500 when trailing at the half.
-San Diego usually fares well outdoors (12-5), although they've lost two straight at Gillette Stadium.
-With LaDainian Tomlinson on the sidelines, the Chargers fell to 6-4 when he carries fewer than 20 times.
-The Chargers finished the season 10-4 when he Rivers passed for less than 250 yards. He fired off 211 yards against New England.
Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal, Shaun Phillips and others for Sixthman Communications.
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