Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will get another chance at defeating Tom Brady for the first time in his career, when the future Hall of Famers meet at Gillette Stadium in this Sunday's AFC Divisional round bout.
The Chargers have beaten the New England Patriots just once since the 2006 season, and that was back in 2008. That was the year where Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 and missed almost the entire season. Rivers and the Chargers soundly beat Matt Cassel and the Patriots, 30-10.
But Rivers and the Chargers get another crack at beating the best team of the 21st century. You know, the won that has produced five Super Bowl championships, eight total appearances in the big game and 10 straight AFC East division titles?
All of that success doesn't matter to Rivers and the Chargers, who look to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
"We know the run they've had. It seems like forever, they're always in these games, and games beyond," Rivers told Tracy Wolfson of CBS (h/t ESPN's Mike Reiss). "We're going to fly back home, and then we're going to fly back out here for another 10 a.m. West Coast kick. We really don't care."
Rivers is 0-7 against Brady in his career, including two playoff games - the 2006 Divisional round and 2007 AFC Championship Game. Their last meeting was in Week 8 of the 2017 season, where New England won a sloppy 21-13 affair. Most of the meetings have been close, but it's been Brady's Patriots that have emerged victorious each time.
This year, the Chargers finished with the better regular season record (12-4 compared to the Pats going 11-5), but the Kansas City Chiefs took the first seed with a 12-4 record. That means the Chargers will have to win at least one more road game if they're to reach the Super Bowl.
What This Means
Rivers and the Chargers have had their championship hopes dashed by the Patriots twice now. He's never been able to get the better of Brady, but Rivers gets the chance to finally get past his Kryptonite this Sunday.