In the first quarter, New England got on the board first on a 1-yard touchdown run from Cam Newton. After the touchdown, Los Angeles had a chance to make it a 7-3 game only for Michael Badgley to miss a 46-yard field goal. The rest of the quarter was filled with both teams being forced to punt the ball. After the first quarter, New England led the game 7-0.
During the second quarter, it was all New England with the team scoring 21 points before the end of the quarter. The special teams of New England made a huge impact in the second quarter resulting in a 70-yard punt return touchdown by Gunner Olszewski and making it a 14-0 lead. Cam Newton made it a 21-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run his second touchdown of the day. As the second quarter was winding down for the Los Angeles Chargers, the team made their way into field goal range in time for one last play in the second quarter and finally scoring points to make it a 21-3 game. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the field goal attempt was blocked by New England recovered by Devin McCourty returned for a New England touchdown to make it a 28-0 lead. Heading into halftime, New England led the game 28-0.
After kicking the ball to New England to start the first half, the Los Angeles Chargers started the second half with the football. With the team down 28-0, Los Angeles needed to start the second half on the right foot. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the start of the second half did not go as well as they hoped after Justin Herbert threw an interception to Chase Winovich. New England took advantage of the interception resulting in a N’Keal Harry touchdown to increase the lead to 35-0. After the touchdown, Los Angeles tried to get on the board only to end in disaster with Justin Herbert throwing an interception to J.C. Jackson. At the end of the 3rd quarter, New England led 35-0.
Entering the 4th quarter, Los Angeles continued where they left off in the 3rd quarter with the ball on offense. Even though the team started the quarter with the ball, it did not result in points. Nick Folk increased the lead to 38-0 after a 32-yard field goal. After a sack by Adam Butler to Justin Herbert resulting in Los Angeles failing to convert on 4th down, Cam Newton was taken out of the game for Jarrett Stidham and Stidham made the most of his opportunity throwing a 38-yard touchdown pass to Gunner Olszewski to make it a 45-0 game. With the game winding down, the defense stepped up for New England not letting Los Angeles get any offense and close out a 45-0 victory for the New England Patriots.
For New England, Cam Newton threw for 69 yards, 1 touchdown while completing 12 out of 19 passes. On the ground, Newton ran for 48 yards, 2 touchdowns on 14 carries.
Despite getting shut out 45-0, Justin Herbert was one of the only bright spots for the Los Angeles Chargers. Herbert threw for 209 yards, 2 interceptions while completing 26 out of 53 passes.
After winning against Los Angeles, New England is heading to SoFi Stadium to play the Los Angels Rams on Thursday. Los Angeles is coming off a 38-28 win against the Arizona Cardinals.
After losing against New England, Los Angeles will be playing the Atlanta Falcons at SoFi Stadium. Atlanta is coming off a 21-16 loss against the New Orleans Saints.
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