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Rivers, San Diego stomp on Denver

By Bernie Wilson / Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:41 a.m. HST, Nov 23, 2010



SAN DIEGO » Strip away all those special teams blunders and turnovers, and this is how the San Diego Chargers are really supposed to look.

Philip Rivers tied his career high with four touchdown passes to four different receivers and the Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 35-14 last night for their third straight victory.

"This was the most complete game we've played in all three phases," Rivers said. "We are in a lot of ways in playoff football already. You almost can't afford a step back at this point.

"We haven't peaked," added Rivers, who leads the NFL with 3,177 yards passing and has a chance to break Dan Marino's single-season record of 5,084 set in 1984. "I don't think we're playing at 100 percent, but we're playing pretty good."

While Rivers did it on a season-low 233 yards, San Diego's defense, led by linebacker Shaun Phillips, settled in and harassed Denver's Kyle Orton after he led an easy opening scoring drive. Denver was held to 235 yards and converted only one of 12 third downs.

Patrick Crayton scored on a 40-yard catch-and-run late in the second quarter, hurting his left wrist as he fell into the end zone, and speedy little Darren Sproles had a 57-yard catch-and-run early in the third.

"We're coming together as a team," coach Norv Turner said.

 

Childress out; Frazier in

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. » Minnesota fired coach Brad Childress yesterday, ending an often tumultuous run.

The Vikings are 3-7, one year after losing in the NFC championship game.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who has interviewed seven times for NFL head coaching jobs, will serve as interim head coach.

Childress, in his fifth season with the Vikings, went 40-37.

 

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Chargers 35, Broncos 7

Denver 7 0 0 7 -- 14
San Diego 7 14 7 7 -- 35

First quarter
Den--Moreno 4 run (Prater kick), 12:05.
SD--Floyd 6 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 2:14.

Second quarter
SD--Tolbert 1 run (Kaeding kick), 7:58.
SD--Crayton 40 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 2:05.

Third quarter
SD--Sproles 57 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 12:36.

Fourth quarter
SD--Hester 3 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 14:16.

Den--Lloyd 13 pass from Orton (Prater kick), 8:48.

A--68,482.

  Den SD
First downs 16 21
Total Net Yards 235 400
Rushes-yards 15-63 38-147
Passing 172 253
Punt Returns 2-47 5-36
Kickoff Returns 6-92 2-50
Interceptions Ret. 1-0 1-28
Comp-Att-Int 24-38-1 16-26-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 5-45 1-8
Punts 9-37.2 4-43.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 8-56 5-40
Time of Possession 25:41 34:19

RUSHING--Denver, Moreno 13-58, Orton 1-4, Ball 1-1. San Diego, Tolbert 25-111, Sproles 5-14, Brinkley 1-9, Hester 3-7, Rivers 4-6.

PASSING--Denver, Orton 24-38-1-217. San Diego, Rivers 15-24-1-233, Scifres 1-1-0-28, Crayton 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING--Denver, Moreno 7-62, Lloyd 6-78, Gaffney 3-33, D.Thomas 3-17, Royal 2-12, Graham 2-6, Buckhalter 1-9. San Diego, Sproles 5-60, Crayton 3-105, Tolbert 2-42, Floyd 2-24, Sperry 2-21, Hester 2-9.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--San Diego, Kaeding 52 (SH).

 

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
East
  W L T Pct PF PA
New England 8 2 0 .800 289 242
N.Y. Jets 8 2 0 .800 238 177
Miami 5 5 0 .500 172 208
Buffalo 2 8 0 .200 213 276
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
Indianapolis 6 4 0 .600 268 216
Jacksonville 6 4 0 .600 220 270
Tennessee 5 5 0 .500 257 198
Houston 4 6 0 .400 244 287
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
Baltimore 7 3 0 .700 233 178
Pittsburgh 7 3 0 .700 235 165
Cleveland 3 7 0 .300 192 206
Cincinnati 2 8 0 .200 215 262
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
Kansas City 6 4 0 .600 243 207
Oakland 5 5 0 .500 238 223
San Diego 5 5 0 .500 274 211
Denver 3 7 0 .300 217 287

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
East
  W L T Pct PF PA
Philadelphia 7 3 0 .700 284 226
N.Y. Giants 6 4 0 .600 253 220
Washington 5 5 0 .500 202 245
Dallas 3 7 0 .300 229 271
 
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
Atlanta 8 2 0 .800 256 192
New Orleans 7 3 0 .700 235 170
Tampa Bay 7 3 0 .700 209 206
Carolina 1 9 0 .100 117 252
 
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
Chicago 7 3 0 .700 191 146
Green Bay 7 3 0 .700 252 146
Minnesota 3 7 0 .300 172 226
Detroit 2 8 0 .200 234 237
 
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
Seattle 5 5 0 .500 185 233
St. Louis 4 6 0 .400 177 198
Arizona 3 7 0 .300 188 292
San Francisco 3 7 0 .300 160 219

 

Yesterday
» San Diego 35, Denver 14

Thursday
» New England at Detroit, 7:30 a.m.
» New Orleans at Dallas, 11:15 a.m.
» Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets, 3:20 p.m.

Sunday
» Tennessee at Houston, 8 a.m.
» Green Bay at Atlanta, 8 a.m.
» Minnesota at Washington, 8 a.m.
» Jacksonville at N.Y. Giants, 8 a.m.
» Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 8 a.m.
» Carolina at Cleveland, 8 a.m.
» Kansas City at Seattle, 11:05 a.m.
» Miami at Oakland, 11:05 a.m.
» St. Louis at Denver, 11:15 a.m.
» Philadelphia at Chicago, 11:15 a.m.
» Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 11:15 a.m.
» San Diego at Indianapolis, 3:20 p.m.

Next Monday
» San Francisco at Arizona, 3:30 p.m.

 






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