NFL Network’s Stephen Nelson reports that the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots will meet in the AFC wild card playoff game on Sunday in Houston.
The Chargers, of course, won Super Bowl LI over the Patriots, so the game should have a big significance for the NFL.
The Patriots will likely be without their leading rusher, Dion Lewis, who will miss the first two games with an injury.
They’re also missing their second-leading receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, who is dealing with a foot injury.
The Pats have a healthy quarterback, Matt Cassel, and a top defensive player, Chandler Jones, who has made big plays this season, like he did in the Patriots’ win over the Broncos.
The Broncos are coming off a Super Bowl title with Peyton Manning, so it will be interesting to see how the Pats respond to the Broncos’ offensive prowess.
The San Diego defense has been dominant all season, holding the Broncos to just 24 points and just two touchdowns in their last four games.
They’ve allowed just two passing touchdowns, and the Chargers are allowing an average of 5.5 yards per rush.
The game will be a huge test for the Broncos, who had a big edge on the Chargers in the first meeting in Week 1.
Denver won the first round in last year’s playoffs.