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Patriots edge Chargers

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal, while Nate Kaeding missed from 54-yards out Sunday, as the New England Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-21.

The Patriots were a 4.5-point underdog in the game. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (46).

Tom Brady completed 27-of-51 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Jabar Gaffney caught 10 passes for 103 yards with a touchdown.

LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 123 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns for San Diego. Philip Rivers completed 14-of-32 passes for 230 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

New England takes on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game next week.