Chargers' DT Brandon Mebane returns to team after death of newborn daughter

Philip Rivers tells story of Bill Belichick chewing out team during Pro Bowl blowout

Philip Rivers tells story of Bill Belichick chewing out team during Pro Bowl blowout

Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane said that his 7-week-old daughter Makenna died Thursday.

With a trip to the conference championship on the line, the Los Angeles Chargers are set to visit Foxborough this Sunday, and they've got one thing on their minds: Preventing what's been done countless times before and stopping the Pats from another deep run.

For Los Angeles, this free-flowing approach starts with Pro Bowl wideout Keenan Allen.

Makenna's condition, Trisomy 13, affected her heart and there are only a few surgeons in the country who will operate on such a young patient. But New England has shown that they are not the same team that many are used to in the past, starting with signs of Tom Brady's regression and not having the stacked roster like in the past.

Amena moved with their two children to Omaha, Nebraska, for a hospital specializing in the care they would need.

Makenna was born November 12 with trisomy 13. Makenna has been in the NICU and Mebane chose to stay with his wife and their children in Nebraska for four games between November and December. The Patriots allowed 4.9 rushing yards per play during the regular season, tied for third worst in the National Football League, which helps the case for Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.

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