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NFL: Chargers Down Broncos, Tomlinson Sets Record


LaDainian Tomlinson has set a new National Football League single-season record for rushing touchdowns as the San Diego Chargers won their AFC West division with a 48-20 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Tomlinson carried the ball 28 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, including his record-setting 29th of the season.

The Chargers lead the NFL with a record of 11-2. With three regular season games remaining, San Diego is the top American Conference playoff seed, just ahead of the 10-3 Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens.

The Colts were crushed by their AFC South division rival Jacksonville Jaguars, 44-17, while Baltimore topped the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-10.

The last-place Miami Dolphins surprised the AFC East division-leading New England Patriots, 21-0.

The last-place Arizona Cardinals also surprised the first-place Seattle Seahawks, 27-21, in their divisional matchup in the NFC West.

In a battle of NFC division leaders late Sunday, the New Orleans Saints thumped the Dallas Cowboys, 42-17.

Elsewhere in the NFL Sunday:

Philadelphia Eagles 21, Washington Redskins 19

Cincinnati Bengals 27, Oakland Raiders 10;

Tennessee Titans 26, Houston Texans 20 (OT);

Minnesota Vikings 30, Detroit Lions 20;

Atlanta Falcons 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6;

New York Giants 27, Carolina Panthers 13;

Green Bay Packers 30, San Francisco 49ers 19;

Buffalo Bills 31, New York Jets 13.

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns, 27-7.

The Chicago Bears travel to St. Louis to play the Rams in the weekly Monday night contest.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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