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All Charged up- San Diego beats Tennessee 42-17

The AFC playoff picture is beginning to take shape as the league goes into its final two weekends of play. From AP-

The San Diego Chargers have their first-round bye, and Philip Rivers is still perfect in December.SD-Ten

Tennessee’s bid for NFL history? The Titans lost that right along with their postseason dream, looking like a throwback to the team that started the season 0-6.

Rivers threw two touchdowns passes, LaDainian Tomlinson ran for two scores and the Chargers beat the Titans 42-17 on Friday night to grab the AFC’s No. 2 seed and that first-round bye in the playoffs.


The AFC West champs streaked to their 10th straight win and tied the 1970-74 Miami Dolphins for most consecutive wins in a month with their 18th in December dating to 2006. The Dolphins won 18 in a row in November.

Darren Sproles caught a TD pass and ran for two more scores to help San Diego (12-3) squash the Titans’ dreams of becoming the NFL’s first team to start 0-6 and rebound to make the playoffs. Tennessee (7-8) had hoped to top what the 1994 Chargers did in reaching the postseason after an 0-4 start.

The Titans had an incredible turnaround this year. You have to give them credit for that, the team didn’t give up which could have been so easy to do.

Last night’s game didn’t clear up the AFC picture much. San Diego and Indianapolis are guaranteed byes and Tennessee is out of the picture. Things that did remain the same Cincinnati and New England can lock up division titles with just a win. Denver and Baltimore have the inside track for wild card spots. The New York Jets, Jacksonville, Miami, Pittsburgh and Houston all need help. I predict Denver and Baltimore will hold on to the spots they have now.

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