Chargers season far from over

What's left? Plenty. The Chargers welcome the Chiefs to San Diego on Sunday with their second AFC West title in three years tucked away. They are also the AFC's top seed with an 11-2 mark.

They are also being witness to one of the most spectacular seasons by a running back, as LaDainian Tomlinson has set the NFL single-season scoring mark.

Put simply, can this team which has won seven straight and is undefeated at home be stopped?

"Anybody can be stopped," said Tomlinson, who rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh consecutive game in the 48-20 win over the Broncos. "I really think that we are on our game, when we are playing the way we can play, we're tough to stop. We're not 11-2 for nothing."

The Chargers who will be making their second playoff appearance since 1995, are in the driver's seat if winning out. They have to be considered a Super Bowl favorite with home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

But Tomlinson disagrees with the 'favorite' label.

"No, I don't," he said. "There are a lot experienced teams out there that have been in this position. Indianapolis is always knocking on the door. Look at a team like Baltimore, they're still really close. New England are past champs. You never know.

"We don't even want to start thinking about being the favorite in the Super Bowl. We'll let you guys talk about it. We'll see what happens."

Among the pluses for the Chargers is their defense getting a boost the past two weeks with the return of two first-round picks.

Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman is back after serving his four-game suspension for steroids and has collected four sacks in those two games, putting him among the league leaders with 12.5.

On Sunday, defensive tackle Luis Castillo returned after missing four games with an ankle sprain. He made his presence felt with five tackles and a sack.

"When I got hurt and was sidelined, it hurt to not be a part of it," Castillo said. "And to be able to feel that I contributed (Sunday), that I'm part of these guys, it's something so special and it feels good."

Another feel-good aspect is the play of Philip Rivers. The first-year starter had seen his numbers dip slightly in the two games leading up to the Broncos' contest.

But he was on the mark Sunday, recording a career-best 136 rating in completing 15-of-23 passes for 279 yards, two scores and no turnovers.

"The bottom line is if a quarterback can play at a high level, you have a better chance at winning and I was better and our team was better," Rivers said.

Rivers has now completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.

But the Chargers say their season is far from complete after winning the AFC West crown.

"We've won the division but there is still a ton to play for," Rivers said. "And we will be hungry and excited for these next three games just as if there was still a division out there to win."

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