Here Come the Chargers

With a 17-6 win over the Tennessee Titans, the San Diego Chargers advanced to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs and a date with the Colts next Sunday in the RCA Dome.

It was the first playoff win for the Chargers since 1994, when San Diego went to the Super Bowl.

But Tennessee made the Chargers earn the victory, taking a 6-0 lead into the half behind two Rob Bironas field goals. San Diego didn't take the lead until the 2:35 mark of the third quarter, when Philip Rivers found Vincent Jackson from 25 yards out for a 10-6 lead.

Vincent Jackson gets by Calvin Lowry
AP Photo/Chris Carlson

San Diego added to the lead in the fourth quarter when LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a one-yard run to establish the final score.

Because the Chargers, the No. 3 seed in the AFC, won, that means No. 5 seed Jacksonville travels to New England for a shot at the unbeaten Patriots in the other divisional round AFC matchup. In the NFC, Seattle defeated Washington, 35-14, while the New York Giants downed Tampa Bay, 24-14.

That sets up a trip to No. 1 seed Dallas for New York, while Seattle will visit Green Bay in the other NFC matchup.

In Indianapolis, the Colts will look to avenge one of their two regular-season losses when they take on the Chargers. San Diego defeated the Colts, 23-21, on Nov. 11 in San Diego.

The Colts will have to improve in three areas if they hope to avoid a similar fate this weekend. In the first game, quarterback Peyton Manning threw a career-high six interceptions, the special teams allowed two returns for touchdowns and Adam Vinatieri missed a short field goal that would have won the game in the final seconds.

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