Philip Rivers' 0-7 mark vs. Tom Brady doesn't discourage Chargers QB


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Nobody needs to tell Philip Rivers he has never beaten the quarterback who will be on the other side of the field Sunday in an AFC divisional-round playoff game against the New England Patriots. The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback knows full well about Tom Brady’s perfect record against him. He also knows that while Brady can pretty much block out his calendar every year for the AFC Championship Game, it’s an engagement that has eluded Rivers for more than a decade.
These are not minor details that get lost on a quarterback who has been around the league for 15 years and has a photographic football memory. Rivers would have remembered beating Brady and the Patriots, especially if it were in either of their two playoff matchups early in his career when Brady threw three interceptions in each game.
But those were a long time ago, and these opportunities to join Brady in the Super Bowl winners' club haven’t come around often for Rivers in recent years. Last Sunday afternoon in Baltimore was Rivers' first playoff game in five years. This Sunday against the Patriots could be a seminal moment in his career if he can outduel his more accomplished playoff counterpart for the first time.