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Gunner Olszewski torches Chargers in two-TD outburst

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Gunner Olszewski would not be denied his first career punt return touchdown in Sunday's 45-0 demolition of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Last week vs. the Arizona Cardinals, Olszewski's punt return TD was nullified after Anfernee Jennings was penalized with a questionable blindside block call. This time, there was no flag on the field as he took one 70 yards to the house in the second quarter.

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"That was tough last week but all the guys, they're saying that one counts as your first one," Olszewski said after the game. "They don't count it in the stat sheet, but to me and our guys we returned two punts for touchdowns this year. It ain't our fault the first one got called back. The game's getting soft.

"I was messing with Anfernee and I was like, 'Man, I'm glad you weren't on the field.'"

That wasn't Olszewski's only highlight of the day. The 24-year-old added a receiving touchdown to the box score when backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham entered the game in the fourth.

"I've caught a million footballs from Jarrett over the summer," Olszewski said. "We ran that route probably 20 times this summer."

His final stat line: Three punt returns for 138 yards and a TD, one reception for 38 yards and a TD.

To top off his stellar day, Olszewski's press conference ended with a hug from teammate Damien Harris.

The Patriots (6-6) will look to go a game above .500 this Thursday night when they face off against the Los Angeles Rams.