Chargers' opponents to fall on deaf ears

The ringing which remains in the Chargers' ears after their Seattle visit last Sunday is the motivation to win on Sunday.

Although the Chargers have a franchise-best 13 regular-season wins, have clinched the AFC West title and a first-round bye, San Diego is bent on staying at home through the playoffs.

"It is really, really tough to play in this stadium with that crowd," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "I always thought Arrowhead (Stadium) was the toughest place to play but this place might be as tough as any place I've ever been in. The sound cascades out of that second level. It was really tough going out there."

The Chargers know about loud crowds. Both their two losses came on the road and in venues which can be described as hostile: Baltimore and Kansas City.

That's why prevailing on Sunday could mean so much as the team aims for its first Super Bowl title ever. The Chargers wouldn't have to content with noise leading up to the Super Bowl in Miami - and don't overlook their dominance at home. They're undefeated at 7-0 in San Diego this year.

"I was standing right next to Philip (Rivers) and I couldn't hear him," right guard Mike Goff said.

"That was by far the loudest venue I've ever played in. It made things hard on everyone, but it's just another one of those things you have to fight through, which we did."

They did so despite five false start calls. Which makes nothing false about their quest to win their season finale - they want to stay at home, sweet and quiet, home.

"I think it gives us more incentive to want to wrap it up at home," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.

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