In a wet and soggy game between the Chargers and Patriots this past Sunday, offensive yards and points on the scoreboard came at a premium. The Bolts won 6-0, but it was probably the least-satisfying victory for fans who had to suffer through the 60 minutes of regulation. In the end, it wasn’t Justin Herbert or one of the team’s stars that led them to victory, but the unheralded JK Scott who punted them to the promised land.
On a day where “hidden yardage” was the difference-maker, Scott set a franchise record by downing seven punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. With the Patriots unable to throw the ball with any consistency, forcing them to run the football on long fields was a huge deterrent to their ability to even crack into the Chargers’ red zone.
When it was all said and done, Scott, along with the defense, kept the Patriots from ever getting inside the Chargers’ 30-yard line. It was not a fun time for most football fans, but it ended up being the winning formula in a must-win game for the Bolts.