Chargers coach Anthony Lynn wasn’t surprised by Tom Brady’s performance Sunday.
The 41-year-old star quarterback threw for 343 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots top Los Angeles, 41-28, at Gillette Stadium in the AFC divisional round. Lynn said after the loss he believed Brady would be at the top of his game during the matchup.
“I was expecting to see his best today,” Lynn told reporters. “It’s playoff time. And he’s been here before and he’s one of the best that’s ever been on that football field, so he did a heck of a job of taking advantage of some of the personnel matchups. … He’s really good at finding that and weaknesses in the defense.
“They did a heck of a job picking us apart. But we did not play good complementary football. Complementary football is what got us here, in all three phases. Today, we just didn’t play well enough.”
The Patriots took control early and put the game away before halftime as they carried a 35-7 lead into the locker room.
“We dug ourselves in a hole in the first half, but the guys came back out in the second half and competed hard,” Lynn said. “It was a little too late. We didn’t play our best game today, for whatever reason, but … my hat off to New England. They’ve been here before and they showed up today.”
The Patriots will face the Chiefs in Kansas City next Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET.