Julian Edelman ahead of game vs. Chargers: 'We need Foxboro going nuts'

Ryan Hannable
January 12, 2019 - 9:13 am

FOXBORO -- Sunday's AFC divisional round game is the biggest game of the year for the Patriots, and Julian Edelman knows he and the team will need a little bit extra from the crowd come Sunday afternoon against the Chargers.

“This is why you play,” he said. “It’s New England. We’re going to need [the fans]. We need Foxboro going nuts.”

Edelman has been outstanding in the postseason for his career, as the 32-year-old needs just five catches to move into second all-time in playoff receptions. With that being said, the 32-year-old doesn't believe any past experience will make a difference in the game.

“I don’t think the experience factor really helps you all that much because every year you hear about someone new. But the sense of urgency definitely is up,” he said. “I just try to go out there and lead by example, and you tell [teammates] here and there what it’s about. But I’m in that same boat right now.”

Since coming back from a torn ACL last year and a four-game suspension to open the year, Edelman was very productive. He finished the year with 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns. But, the Chargers secondary won't make it easy for him Sunday afternoon.

“They’ve got guys that can cover, and they’re good enough to stop runs," Edelman said. "We’ll see how they play us and try to prepare for all scenarios.”

After missing last year's Super Bowl run, it's clear Edelman is ready to get back on the field and experience some playoff football.

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