Dont'a Hightower: Philip Rivers was trying to get a flag every other play

Ryan Hannable
January 15, 2019 - 11:22 am

It was very clear the Patriots frustrated Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in Sunday's divisional round game.

The Patriots led 35-7 at the half and completely dominated on both sides of the ball. After scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, the Chargers punted on their next five possessions, while totaling 59 yards on 20 plays.

Appearing on Monday Night Patriots with Phil Perry and Rob Ninkovich, Dont'a Hightower acknowledged the defense was able to frustrate Rivers.

“Maybe just a little bit," he said. "He was trying to get a flag every other play for something. I guess that is just part of how my dawg goes about it. He’s a great competitor and he fought all the way down to the end. He brought those guys back with a couple of late touchdowns, but all in all hats off to Phil, he’s still a great competitor.”

It was a tremendous gameplan for the Patriots and Hightower credited Bill Belichick and de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores.

“We were definitely well-prepared," he said. "Flo [Brian Flores] and Bill did a great job as far as the gameplan went along and then gameplan adjustments, adjustments on the sideline. Again, there were a couple of times where guys came through, so a lot of that was movement, stunting, creeping, just give a different pre-snap read.”

The Patriots will need to have another good gameplan this week, as it will be even more difficult going up against Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Kansas City offense.

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