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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The last time the Patriots started a season 2-2 was 2003, though they went on to win the title that year anyway. The last time they lost at home to San Diego was in 1970, winning seven straight before Sunday. The last time the Patriots started a season 2-2 was 2003, though they went on to win the title that year anyway. San Diego, which has now scored 86 points in two wins after starting with two losses, was nearly unstoppable against a defense with a lot of holes. Brees threw for two touchdowns, Tomlinson ran for two more and Gates had six catches for 108 yards. Though the score was tied 17-17 at the half, Brees took advantage of a secondary that already was without two of its top three cornerbacks and is missing safety Rodney Harrison, lost for the year with a knee injury. “I played with Rodney, I know what a leader he is,” Brees said. “It’s not only the physical things he does. It’s the leadership, the mental toughness, what he imparts to his teammates. I know they’ve been able to put in a lot of subs over the years and not miss anything, but a player like Rodney is something special.” After his Chargers beat New England 41-17 Sunday, the San Diego coach suggested the win may have had as much to do with who wasn’t playing for New England as the superior performances of Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. “What they’ve done is remarkable,” he said of the Patriots, who had their 21-game home winning streak ended. “But at what point in time do you keep responding when you have to keep putting in new players? They’ve done it wonderfully over the last four years, but there comes a time where it has to catch up with you, even with a team as great as this one.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Injuries finally caught up with the New England Patriots. San Diego’s explosive offense added to the misery. Even Marty Schottenheimer knew something wasn’t right with the defending Super Bowl champions. last_img read more