Chargers vs. Patriots: AFC Divisional Round final score prediction

The New England Patriots held a moment of silence prior to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers to honor the passing of Brandon Mebane's infant daughter earlier in the week.

The Chargers entered this afternoon's game against the New England Patriots hoping to pull off an upset on way to the AFC Championship Game. The 40-second clip closed with scenes from previous Patriots games in the snow and highlights from their most recent season.

Mebane, who is in his third season with the team, said that he planned to play in the big game against the Patriots.

To understand why the Patriots (11-5) are so good at Gillette Stadium, we called in Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston to provide insight on their. Although the Pats had a solid regular season, which earned them a first-round bye, they dealt with injuries all year to star players. New England's pass defense and pass rush aren't all that great either, so Philip Rivers and his receivers should be able to make plays.

One of those streaks is going to end on Sunday and the victor will be earning a trip to Kansas City, where they'll face the Chiefs in the AFC title game.

Vanessa Coleman