Coverage begins with 'Football Night In America' at 7 p.m. on NBC
Tom Brady and the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (9-3) visit Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers (8-4) at Qualcomm Stadium this Sunday, Dec. 7, on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." Coverage begins with "Football Night In America" at 7 p.m. ET.
The Patriots, tied with Denver for the best record in the AFC, look to rebound after their seven-game winning streak was broken by a 26-21 loss at Green Bay last Sunday. The Chargers, a game behind Denver, look to keep pace in the AFC West and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Patriots star Rob Gronkowski is first among tight ends in receiving yards (910), and Brady is averaging 306.5 passing yards per game. The Chargers come off a 34-33 win against the Baltimore Ravens, where Rivers threw for 383 yards, and connected with wideout Eddie Royal for the game-winning touchdown pass with 38 seconds remaining. Rivers and Brady hold the first and second spots, respectively, for winning percentage in the final four games of the regular season since 1970 (Rivers .906, Brady .833).
The two teams meet Sunday for the first time since the Patriots' 35-21 win over the Chargers Sept. 18, 2011, at Gillette Stadium.