Patriots vs. Chargers results: Score, highlights as New England advances to AFC championship game

Night net null null null null Led by quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots produced perhaps their finest effort of the season to thump the Chargers, 41-28, in the AFC divisional playoffs Sunday.Questions about Brady's health and New England's vulnerability were quelled by a first-half onslaught that put the Patriots ahead by 28 points at halftime. By the end of the blowout, the Patriots had 499 total yards. Brady completed 34 of 44 passes and threw for a touchdown, while running back Sony Michel rushed for three scores. MORE: Watch the Night net live or on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)After an early touchdown pass from Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to Keenan Allen, Los Angeles struggled to move the ball until the game was out of reach. Rivers was picked off once, and the Chargers lost the ball on a separate occasion from a muffed punt. Sporting News provided live updates throughout the AFC playoff clash. Here's how New England won:Patriots vs. Chargers: Score, highlightsPatriots: 41Chargers: 28(All times ET)4:37 p.m. — Final: Patriots 41, Chargers 28.4:35 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Chargers. Antonio Gates catches the score in what might be the final game of his career. 41-28, Patriots.4:16 p.m. — Interception. Stephon Gilmore picks off Rivers, essentially ending a game that's been a blowout for a while.All-Pro :fire: @bumpnrungilm0re #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/lhZQxT6QHB— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20194:08 p.m. — LA's onside kick is recovered by New England.4:06 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Chargers. Rivers hits Virgil Green for the touchdown, then Allen for the two-point conversion. 41-22, Patriots.3:41 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Patriots. Gostkowski remains perfect on the day. 41-14, Patriots.3:33 p.m. — End of third quarter.3:28 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Chargers. Melvin Gordon scores, but the Chargers still have a long way to go. 38-14, Patriots.. @MelvinGordon25 is in for the @Chargers TD!Patriots lead 38-14. #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/5WgPlckuZ4— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20193:19 p.

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m. — Los Angeles is in the red zone with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter.3:08 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Patriots. New England eats up significant clock before adding to its commanding advantage. 38-7, Patriots.2:58 p.m. — LA's first drive of the second half goes nowhere. The Chargers punt it away.2:56 p.m. — The second half is underway.2:41 p.m. — Halftime.2:32 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Michel again. This quickly turned into a blowout. 35-7, Patriots.A first-half hat trick! @Flyguy2stackz 's third TD give the @Patriots a 35-7 lead! #EverythingWeGot #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/ZRmnNEWnUK— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20192:23 p.m. — The Chargers muff a pun and replay review shows the Patriots recovered the loose ball inbounds.The @Patriots jump on the muffed punt and recover in bounds! #EverythingWeGot #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/Wy866tYf1Z— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20192:12 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Rex Burkhead gets in on the action. 28-7, Patriots.2:11 p.m. — Michel rips off a 40-yard run. He's up to 95 yards in the game.2:10 p.m. — It appeared Los Angeles had gotten its first stop of the game, but a defensive holding extends New England's drive.2:05 p.m. — New England has the ball and a chance to add to its lead midway through the second quarter.1:53 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Brady lobs an easy touchdown pass to Dorsett. New England is absolutely rolling on offense.  21-7, Patriots.Brady is dealing.He finds @Dorsett_4 in the corner of the end zone for six! #EverythingWeGot #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/LFHySQabnW— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20191:47 p.m. — End of first quarter.1:44 p.m. — The Chargers punt, marking the first drive of the game to not end in a touchdown.1:38 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Michel finds the end zone for the second time in the first quarter. 14-7, Patriots.SONY x 2 @flyguy2stackz scores his second TD to give the @Patriots the lead! #EverythingWeGot #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/jnILE89ykQ— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20191:37 p.m. — Brady hits Edelman for 28 yards to move New England into the red zone.1:29 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Chargers. Keenan Allen gets behind the Patriots defense and makes a wide-open grab. 7-7.The @Chargers strike back!Rivers finds @Keenan13Allen from 43 yards out :zap::zap::zap: #FightForEachOther #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/05IurQt97F— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20191:27 p.m. — Mike Williams makes a catch to convert a third-and-15, but he appears to have suffered an injury on the play.1:18 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Sony Michel punches it in. That was an impressive first drive. 7-0, Patriots.14 plays. 83 yards.The @Patriots ' strong opening drive is capped off with a @flyguy2stackz touchdown! #EverythingWeGot #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/s0O8ZwxFwM— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20191:17 p.m. — The Chargers commit pass interference in the end zone, giving New England the ball on the 1.1:10 p.m. — The Patriots are feeding James White early and have already crossed into Los Angeles territory.. @SweetFeet_White picks up the first down on the flip pass from Brady! #EverythingWeGot #Night netPlayoffs:tv:: #LACvsNE on CBS pic.twitter.com/Mzv9CD8TNV— Night net (@Night net) January 13, 20191:06 p.m. — Kickoff. The Patriots get the ball first.12:35 p.m. — Tom Brady is pumped up before the game.LET'S GOOOOOOO! :goat: #EverythingWeGot #Night netPlayoffs