Ups and downs for the Patriots

SAN DIEGO -- At an initial glance, and without the benefit of film review, a look at which New England Patriots were "up" from Sunday night's game against the Chargers as well as those at the opposite end of the spectrum:


Brandon Bolden -- Running back blocked a punt in the second quarter that the Patriots turned into a touchdown, a key play in the game.

Jamie Collins -- Linebacker had two sacks in the first half and was disruptive playing downhill in both the running and passing games.

Julian Edelman -- Receiver's 69 -yard catch-and-run touchdown in the fourth quarter, in which he broke a tackle from cornerback Brandon Flowers, was the type of play he has shown a knack for delivering in the clutch.

Rob Gronkowski -- Became the first tight end in the history of the NFL to record four seasons of 10 or more touchdowns.

Darrelle Revis -- Matched up against receiver Keenan Allen, the cornerback was either so good in coverage -- or simply given the respect -- that the ball never came his way.


Brandon Browner -- Cornerback bit on a stop-and-go move by Malcom Floyd in the second quarter, with Floyd making the diving touchdown catch. Browner also picked up his team-high 11th penalty in the first quarter, but deserved better in the third quarter when a clean hit that produced a touchdown on an interception return was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Brandon LaFell -- Receiver lost a fumble in the second quarter that was returned 53 yards for a touchdown, marking the first turnover the Patriots have committed this season outside of Tom Brady.

Nate Solder and offensive line -- Left tackle struggled at times in the first half, as breakdowns in protection hurried Brady, while the overall line seemed to be on its heels for a good portion of the action against an attacking Chargers' defense.

Bill Leavy's officiating crew in the third quarter -- A penalty called against Browner for a helmet-to-helmet hit, which negated an interception returned for a touchdown, was reactive to seeing tight end Ladarius Green on the field as there was no helmet-to-helmet contact. The league could help its officials by making those calls able to be reviewed.