At halftime, Bryant Gumbell said that the Patriots aren't being affected by their injuries. He wasn't hired for his brains. You think Ted Johnson or Tedy Bruschi may have helped the run defense? Maybe Rodney Harrison could have helped with the run defense and cover Gates?
The heroes of this game is the Chargers' offensive line. Drew Brees hasn't even been close to being touched. Not to take anything away from Brees, but pretty much any average NFL quarterback can look great when there's never a defender within five yards of him.