Rapid Reaction: Patriots 23, Chargers 20

SAN DIEGO -– A look at a game that got interesting late:

What does it mean: The San Diego Chargers are 2-5 and have to be considered to be in trouble in the AFC West. They trail Kansas City (4-2) and Oakland (3-4) in the division and are tied with Denver for last place at 2-5.

Tomorrow’s talker: Antonio Gates is a warrior. He didn’t practice all week with a toe injury. Yet, he was a big part of San Diego’s fourth-quarter comeback when it outscored the Patriots 17-3. It was just another reminder of just how clutch and special Gates is.

Trending: Same old Chargers. They could have easily won this game. But turnovers and poor play on special teams did this team in once again. The Chargers had a false start on a last-second, 45-yard field goal attempt turning it into a 50-yard try. Kris Brown, who is filling in for an injured Nate Kaeding, missed it. The result: another close loss.

What’s next: San Diego plays host to Tennessee on Sunday and then goes to Houston. It doesn’t get any easier for a floundering team.