The Chargers picked up another road victory on Sunday. They are now 8-0 this year when playing outside the city of Los Angeles.
As the No. 5 seed in the AFC, it’s unlikely that the Los Angeles Chargers will be playing a home game in this year’s NFL playoffs.
And that might be just the way they want it.
Following the Chargers win in Baltimore on Sunday, Los Angeles is now 8-1 in road games. There’s a small asterisk on that stat, however. That one loss came when they played the Los Angeles Rams at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, practically in their own backyard.
So if the Chargers travel outside the Los Angeles city limits, they’re undefeated on the road. That includes key wins in Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City — none of which are easy places for visiting teams to play.
So essentially, who needs home-field advantage when you seemingly can’t be beaten on the road?
The Chargers will continue their playoff venture next week, taking on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Once again, they will be playing at one of the NFL’s toughest venues for a visiting team, and they’ll be playing against a team that is seemingly invincible at home. The Patriots are 8-0 in Foxborough this season, and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are notorious for dismantling teams that dare enter their domain, especially in the playoffs.
When the Patriots and Chargers meet next Sunday, something will have to give. Either a team will finally solve the Chargers on the road, or the Patriots will be upended at home, which hasn’t happened in the playoffs since 2012.
Either way, it’s going to make for a fantastic football game.