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New England Patriots links 1/11/19 - Patriots vs. Chargers: It all comes down to execution

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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Dont’a Hightower knows playoff mode: “No more mistakes. No ‘my bads.’ None of that no more. Everything’s got to be perfect.”
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  • Karen Guregian examines the Patriots-Chargers matchups to see who has the edge.
  • Kevin Duffy dives into the matchups: Patriots defensive backs vs. Chargers wide receivers.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Gameplan: Why can’t the Chargers cover running backs and how will the Pats match up in the secondary?
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster keys to Patriots-Chargers. 1. Win the turnover battle. /[In Meg Ryan voice, pounding table] “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!”
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Chargers key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge? 1. Stay balanced on offense.
  • Nick O’Malley focuses on how the Patriots have a big challenge on their hands trying to attack a young, fast and unique Chargers defense.
  • Matt Dolloff takes a look at whether the Patriots can win their matchups against the Chargers’ formidable pass rushers.
  • Nick O’Malley takes time to point out 10 observations and general tidbits that have at least tangential connection to Sunday’s game. First up: The Patriots’ very own Death Star.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Decline or re-charge? The Patriots are still here.
  • David Albiani (FullPressCoverage) Patriots vs. Chargers: Playoff classic in the making?
  • Kevin Duffy makes the case Julian Edelman is more important now than ever before.
  • Phil Perry hears both Bill Belichick and Patrick Chung salute the versatility of Chargers’ safety-linebacker hybrid Derwin James, who could wreak havoc on New England.
  • Mike Reiss examines the Bill Belichick vs. Anthony Lynn matchup to determine how much playoff experience will matter on Sunday.
  • Andrew Mahoney tells us what’s different, and what’s the same, from the last two playoff meetings between the Patriots and Chargers.
  • Zack Cox gives us the Patriots practice report: Perfect attendance on a snowy afternoon.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Could Josh Rosen be New England’s QB of the future?
  • Steve Hewitt Patriots Notebook: Devin McCourty not taking playoffs for granted.
  • Tommy McArdle passes along a report that Sarah Thomas will be the first woman to officiate an NFL playoff game during Patriots-Chargers, on referee Ron Torbert’s crew as a down judge.
  • Ryan Hannable explains why he thinks the Dolphins will be hiring Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores.
  • Joshua Schrock notes Tom Brady makes the yearbook superlatives page, voted QB NFL players least would like to face in big game.
  • Matt Dolloff passes along the not-a-farce news that the Colts have hanging a real, actual “1-0” flag outside Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • Jim Lazar predicts the real Patriots will be unveiled on Sunday, and makes his divisional round picks. Pats win 27-20.
  • Michael Hurley makes his divisional round picks: “I’ve picked against the Patriots in spots like this one too many times over the years, only to have to sit there as Bon Jovi’s stupid song blares in my face six times after every Patriots TD. I like to think I’ve learned my lesson.”
  • Trevor Knapp (GrandOldSports) Stop betting against Tom Brady in the playoffs.
  • NESN makes its staff predictions for Chargers Vs. Patriots.