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Patriots teach Chargers a lesson in playoff football

The Chargers got schooled by the best (Bill Belichick and Tom Brady) in the art of doing whatever it takes to win in the playoffs, writes John Clayton.

Updated: January 15, 2007, 11:09 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- Sunday's AFC Divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Chargers was a clinic in why BelichickBradyball is a Super Bowl success and Martyball continues to fall flat in the playoffs.

Following the Patriots' 24-21 win, Belichick is 13-2 in playoff games. Schottenheimer is 5-13 and has lost six straight postseason games. The uncanny way in which the Patriots rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final 8:35 is why Belichick could be heading to the Pro ...

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