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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
SAN DIEGO -- The New England Patriots won in San Francisco on Sunday and stayed in San Jose all week to get ready for their next game.
But they failed to show up in San Diego.
The Chargers pulverized the Patriots 30-10 Sunday night in Qualcomm Stadium. The Patriots stumbled in every facet. Their offense failed to matriculate with Matt Cassel, who connected with Randy Moss thrice for 26 yards.
Their secondary got shredded by Philip Rivers and a receiving corps that was missing its best target, Chris Chambers. Stephen Gostkowski missed a 48-yard field goal.Their only touchdown came with the game long decided.
New England went into the game without its best running backs. Laurence Maroney (shoulder) and LaMont Jordan (calf) were scratched.
Then defensive lineman Jarvis Green and starting right tackle Nick Kaczur were sidelined with first-half injuries.
The beating was rather thorough.
Instead of tying the Buffalo Bills for first place in the AFC East, the Patriots slipped into a tie with the New York Jets for second place at 3-2, one win ahead of the Miami Dolphins. Besides back home, where do the Patriots go from here?