SAN DIEGO – With chants of “L.T! L.T!” pouring from the stands, LaDainian Tomlinson delivered a record and a division title for San Diego.

Tomlinson scored three touchdowns Sunday, including the final two in a span of 47 seconds late in the game, to break the NFL single-season record with 29 TDs. He led the Chargers to a 48-20 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Tomlinson had three scores overall.

The victory, coupled with Kansas City’s 20-10 loss to Baltimore, gave the Chargers (11-2) their second division title in three seasons.

The Chargers also grabbed the inside track to home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs when Indianapolis lost 44-17 at Jacksonville to fall into a tie with Baltimore at 10-3.

But this game was all about Tomlinson, who has become the MVP frontrunner by scoring 26 touchdowns in the last nine games.

Tomlinson tied Shaun Alexander’s record of 28, set in 2005, when he scored on a 6-yard run with 3:57 left. He got hit at the 3, but spun right and scored.

The Chargers got the ball back when Shawne Merriman recovered a fumble at the Denver 7. On the next play, with the crowd at full throat, Tomlinson ran to his left and scored.

He was mobbed in the end zone by his teammates, who hoisted him on their shoulders. He held up the ball and waved the index finger of his other hand.

“Once I got over the pylon, my intiial thought process was to bring every guy on the offensive unit over to share that moment,” Tomlinson said. “When we’re old and can’t play this game anymore, them are the moments we are going to remember, that we’ll be able to tell our kids, tell our grandchildren. We can talk about something special that we did. We made history today.

“There’s no better feeling than to share it with the group of guys that’s in that locker room.”

Bills 31, Jets 13

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Willis McGahee scored on a 57-yard run, Lee Evans had a 77-yard TD catch and Nate Clements returned an interception 58 yards for a score in the Bills’ 31-13 victory.

Buffalo (6-7) looked more like the playoff contender than the Jets (7-6), winning for the third time in four games. It was the third time in Bills history, and first since Sept. 24, 1989, at Houston, that they had three plays of over 50 yards in a game. It was also the first time since Dec. 5, 1965, also at Houston, that the Bills had a rushing TD and passing score of over 50 yards in a game.

McGahee, who playfully told Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma during the week that he couldn’t be stopped, had 125 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He has gained 100 or more yards in each of his last five games against New York.

The Jets, who began a season-ending stretch of four games against teams under .500, failed to take advantage of AFC East-leading New England’s 21-0 loss to Miami. New York remained two games behind the Patriots – and just a game ahead of the surging Bills and Dolphins.

Bengals 27, Raiders 10

CINCINNATI – Carson Palmer threw for a pair of touchdowns and Rudi Johnson ran for two more Sunday, setting up a 27-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders that strengthened Cincinnati’s playoff chances.

The Bengals (8-5) have won four in a row, moving to the forefront of the AFC wild card race. At the moment, Cincinnati is in position for one of the two spots, with pivotal games coming up the next two weeks at Indianapolis and at Denver.

It’s all coming together for the defending AFC North champions, who have developed an astonishly stout defense that would come in handy in the postseason. The Raiders (2-11) had another self-destructing performance against a defense setting new team standards. The Bengals have allowed only 17 points in the last three games, a franchise first.

Ravens 20, Chiefs 10

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Steve McNair hooked up with Mark Clayton for an 87-yard score and Ed Reed had two interceptions Sunday, leading the Ravens to a 20-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Baltimore (10-3) maintained its two-game division lead over Cincinnati, which beat Oakland 27-10.

Ravens coach Brian Billick raised some eyebrows when he gave his players five days off. almost a second bye week, after their 13-7 loss at Cincinnati on Nov. 30. Their fresh legs showed Sunday, though, as Baltimore looked a step faster on both sides of the ball.

The Ravens forced three turnovers and sacked Trent Green four times. Green also lost a fumble after being sacked and stripped of the ball by Terrell Suggs.

Titans 26, Texans 20

HOUSTON – Vince Young ran for a 39-yard touchdown in overtime to give Tennessee a 26-20 win over the Houston Texans for a third straight comeback victory and fourth win in a row.

Young ran into the end zone virtually untouched and then jumped into the stands to the open arms of a throng of burnt orange-clad fans. He then blew kisses and waved to a crowd that had cheered the Texans most of the game, but went wild when he scored.

The former University of Texas star who grew up just 6 miles from the stadium once again showed up the team that passed him over in the draft. Houston chose defensive end Mario Williams with the No. 1 overall pick because it already had David Carr.

Jaguars 44, Colts 17

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Rookie Maurice Drew ran for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns, had a 93-yard kickoff return for a score, and the Jaguars literally ran the Colts out of town and maybe out of contention for home-field advantage in the AFC with a surprising 44-17 victory Sunday.

Drew ran so much he started cramping up in the third quarter and had to get intravenous fluids. Fred Taylor was equally effective against the league’s worst run defense, gaining 131 yards on nine carries before leaving the game with a sore right hamstring. By then, the Jaguars (8-5) were ahead 34-10 and coasting to their first win against Indianapolis since 2004. The Colts (10-3) had won three in a row in the series and were looking to clinch their fourth consecutive division title.

Now, they’re trying to regroup from a third loss in four games and wondering whether they’ve gone from the leading candidate to secure the conference’s No. 1 seed to a possible wild-card team.


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