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Rapid Reaction: Patriots 35, Chargers 21

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A look at a game where the Chargers couldn’t hang with the Patriots.

What it means: The Chargers are a step or two behind the Patriots. This wasn’t a crucial game. Of course, the Chargers wanted to win, but they knew it would be a tough road game. Yet, the Chargers found out they are too sloppy on offense and too vulnerable on pass defense to come across country and beat a team like the Tom Brady-led Patriots.

Tomorrow’s talker: The mistakes. The Chargers had trouble early in the season under coach Norv Turner because they turned the ball over. Sunday, quarterback Philip Rivers had two interceptions (and a late fumble) and Mike Tolbert fumbled in New England territory with the Chargers having a chance to take the lead. San Diego was also stopped on fourth down and inches at the goal line. You can’t go to New England and make those types of miscues and win.

Trending: Rivers is now 1-5 against the Patriots. He’s 0-and-5 in head-to-head matchups against Tom Brady. Rivers is terrific. He’s not Brady.

Jackson makes his presence felt: After being invisible much of last week’s game, San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson had a monster game. He had 10 catches for 172 yards. Still, it wasn’t enough.

What's next: The Chargers host the reeling Chiefs next Sunday. The Chiefs have been outscored 150-27 in their past four games. The Chargers have back-to-back home games and they can get well soon.