Hogan has 33 catches for 438 yards and five touchdowns this season.
The Patriots dominated the possession game, holding the ball for for just under 37 minutes to the Chargers' 23, racking up 27 first downs to the Chargers' 16. According to CBS sideline reporter Evan Washburn, Hogan appeared to be in some pain on the Patriots sideline and even released what Washburn called "a pretty strong scream" while being attended to by New England medical personnel.
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On that return, Travis Benjamin made a boneheaded play, fielding the punt and reversing field all the way back toward his own end zone. After touching the punt at his own 11-yard line and scooping up the ball at the 8-yard line, Benjamin chose to run backwards to create some separation.
After the teams traded punts, the Patriots went on an important 11-play drive that culminated in a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. He leads all Patriots receivers with 47 targets.
Fortunately, for Hogan and the Patriots, they have a bye week coming up. Rivers' desparation pass was intercepted on the 1-yard line by Jonathan Jones to seal the win.