It was close, and unconvincing, but the New England Patriots walked out of Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday with their 10th win of the season. The Patriots knocked off the San Diego Chargers, 23-14, and remain in sole possession of first place in the conference.
It is the 14th time that head coach Bill Belichick has won 10 or more games in a season, with 13 of those seasons coming with the #Patriots, and 12 straight since 2003.
The Patriots did not look good to start the game, falling behind 14-3 before mounting their comeback and scoring 20 straight to win the game.
As usual, there were multiple players who stood out for better or worse. Here's a look at some players on each end of the spectrum.
Jamie Collins: The Patriots were without veteran linebacker and signal-caller Dont'a Hightower, but Jamie Collins stepped up in his absence and made a positive impact. He finished the game with six tackles and two sacks, and made several big tackles in the running game. If Hightower is out for an extended period of time, the Patriots will need Collins to continue to step up.
Julian Edelman: It gets a little redundant to put Edelman's name here every week, but he is a fixture in the offensive game plan and delivers on a week-to-week basis. He finished Sunday night with eight receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown. His 69-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was the "swing play" that changed the complexion of the game in the late stages.
Sealver Siliga: It did not take Sealver Siliga very long to prove that he could be a key in the improvement of the Patriots' run defense. He logged two big tackles in the running game, one for a loss, and he split a sack with defensive tackle Chris Jones.
Patriots fans: Loud cheers rained down on the Patriots as the clock ran down to triple-zeroes. Patriots fans took over Qualcomm Stadium, with a chant of "Bra-dy! Bra-dy!" breaking out once again. Rare for a road game to feel like a home game. This one seemed to have that feel.
Brandon Browner: Penalty-magnet Brandon Browner was once again flagged twice, although one of those penalties seemed bogus (flagged for helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter, negating an interception).
Offensive line: Once again, the Patriots' offensive line appears to be an issue. Virtually everyone had trouble with pass-rushers Melvin Ingram and Dwight Freeney, but particularly left tackle Nate Solder, who found himself on the ground after a couple of spin moves by Freeney. Center Bryan Stork drew Tom Brady's ire when he failed to get the snap off in time, resulting in a delay of game penalty.