Travis Benjamin's Punt Return Results In Embarrassing Safety


On Sunday, the 25 percent success rate will help highlight an issue that will need focus during the upcoming bye week, a red zone offense that has, suddenly, become the question mark on this team that the much-maligned defense had been over the season's first handful of games. Philip Rivers looked great on the drive, completing all three of his passes for 38 yards.

Rivers finished the day 17 of 30 for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It's worth noting that the Chargers began the game by trying to kick a 51-yard field goal instead of going for a fourth-and-1.

The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Melvin Gordon ripped off an 87-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

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The response by the Patriots was, well...more Patriot-like. Brady caught the Chargers with 12 men on the field for one of the third down conversions, certainly a specialty of his through the years. That's where he got tackled behind the goal line, bringing the Patriots to a 9 to 7 advantage. After touching the punt at his own 11-yard line and scooping up the ball at the 8-yard line, Benjamin made a decision to run backwards to create some separation. Adding insult to injury for the Chargers was the fact they committed holding on the return, a penalty which was obviously declined.

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Benjamin pulled off what might just be the worst punt return in National Football League history.