Travis Benjamin's Punt Return Results In Embarrassing Safety

For the second-straight week, the Patriots held an opposing quarterback to fewer than 300 yards (212).

Tom Brady once again threw for over 300 yards, but just one touchdown, and the running backs were heavily involved in the passing game.

The safe guess here is that Chargers punt returner Travis Benjamin won't be repeating as AFC special teams player of the week after this game.

That's not great. After the safety, the Patriots kicked a field goal, extending their lead over the Chargers.

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The Chargers had their chances, but they went 3-for-10 on third downs while allowing the Patriots to convert nine times on third down.

Despite scoring 13 points, the Chargers never actually entered the red zone.

As the Patriots came rushing at him, Benjamin scooped up the ball and ran backward to evade the oncoming Patriots. That's where he got tackled behind the goal line, bringing the Patriots to a 9 to 7 advantage. However, the Chargers would fail to convert a two-point conversion, giving the Patriots a five-point lead, 18-13. But the team that was only 2-of-5 within 20 yards of the end zone during last week's victory over the Atlanta Falcons, was only 1-of-4 one week later against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Though it was a loss, the Chargers should still be able to draw something positive out of hanging with the defending champs in their home stadium.

  • Tabitha Byrd