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Broncos Kick Their Way to 4th Straight AFC West Title

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Connor Barth kicked five field goals, and Peyton Manning threw for 233 yards and a touchdown while playing with flu-like symptoms, to lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 22-10 Sunday.

The win clinches Denver (11-3) its fourth straight AFC West title.

The Broncos are currently tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in the AFC, but the Pats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

“We’re one step closer,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “Obviously we’ve got a playoff berth now and in order to win it all we have to make the playoffs and that’s something that we did. We’re excited but we’ve still got two more games left on the schedule and we’re watching New England close and obviously we want to clinch home-field advantage but we just have to continuously handle business.”

Manning had to take four bags of intravenous fluid between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and while he wasn't perfect, he was still effective. He even extended his NFL record to 14 seasons with 4,000 passing yards.

"He went out there and battled," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 89 yards, said of Manning. "He battled the Chargers' D, battled the crowd, battled the adversity and battled himself. That's a lot of battles going on in one man's lifetime right now. But he went out there and overcame it and helped us out with a `W' today."

The Chargers (8-6) dropped out of the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs with the loss.

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Patriots Keep AFC's Top Spot with Win over San Diego

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The New England Patriots scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while holding San Diego scoreless in the second half to come away with a 23-14 win on Sunday night. With the win, New England (10-3) keeps the top spot in the AFC as they hold the tie-breaker with Denver.

The deciding play came halfway through the fourth quarter when Julian Edelman caught a short pass from Tom Brady and ran an extra 55 yards to the end zone, extending the Patriots lead.

New England trailed 14-6 in the second quarter before a blocked punt and Rob Gronkowski's 10th touchdown catch of the year brought them within a point.

Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history with four seasons of double-digit touchdown catches. 

The Chargers (8-5) struggled to respond despite leading 14-13 at the half. It was a stark contrast from the first half when San Diego scored twice in a span of 2 minutes and 33 seconds. Quarterback Philip Rivers only threw for 189 yards and one touchdown, tossing a second half interception that halted a potential scoring drive. 

Brady finished the day with 317 passing yards and two touchdowns in the comeback win. New England also notched their 12th straight 10-win season.

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Rivers Helps San Diego Stun Baltimore for Victory

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, Md.) -- Eddie Royal's one-yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds left gave San Diego a 34-33 lead, as the Chargers (8-4) stunned the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. San Diego scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and were able to keep pace with Kansas City and Denver in the AFC West.

The Ravens (7-5) opened up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, 30-20, with less than seven minutes to play in regulation. Philip Rivers then marched San Diego 77 yards in just over two minutes, finding Keenan Allen on a 23-yard strike to pull his team within three.

Baltimore added a field goal, one of four by Justin Tucker on the day, to lead by six with 2:22 remaining in the game. Once again, it was Rivers leading the Chargers down the field. With under a minute to go and the ball on the Ravens' 24-yard line, Rivers launched a deep ball to the end zone, intended for Royal. The pass was incomplete, but a pass interference call on Anthony Levine put the ball on the 1-yard line. San Diego then ran a bubble screen to the left, where Royal walked into the end zone untouched.

San Diego's defense held on the final possession, not allowing Baltimore to get within field goal range. Rivers finished the day with 383 passing yards and three touchdowns, also throwing one interception. Joe Flacco tossed for 225 yards and a pair of scores, while Justin Forsett rushed for 106 yards for the Ravens.

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Philip Rivers on Ravens: It's a 'Big Game'

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens on Sunday.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has his team in the thick of things in the AFC and knows how important this game is.

"It’s a big game. It’s a big game for both teams. Baltimore is a good team," Rivers said this week.  "That’s a heck of a division there, and obviously, every team in that division has 7 wins or more, and in our division, three of them have 7 or more. It’s going to be a heck of a game, and we’ve had some good games in the past. And it’s kind of what you’d expect this time of year with the two teams late in the year fighting for a spot. So, it’ll be exciting and a heck of a challenge for us."

Rivers respects Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has tossed 18 touchdown passes this season.

"I know Joe a little bit. I don’t know him super well, but I know him pretty well," Rivers said.  "His brother [Mike] was out here in training camp, so I got to know him a little bit. But Joe is a heck of a player, obviously. He’s a guy that has a big arm and he’s led those guys to lots of wins, [Super Bowl] championship and all. He’s a good player I’ve always respected from afar."

Both teams sit at 7-4 and San Diego currently holds the sixth and final spot in the AFC.  Baltimore would be on the outside looking in if both teams finished tied at the end of the season.

"It’s an important game – it’s the next one," Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. "It’s the next one you’ve got to win. Every week you go into the game trying to be 1-0. So obviously, being in the conference and all that stuff, there’s added bonus of winning those games. So yes, that does come into play, but you’ve just got to find a way to come out 1-0. That’s the most important thing this week."

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Philip Rivers: Oakland Will Be 'a Heck of a Game'

NFL(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers are not taking the winless Oakland Raiders lightly on Sunday.

San Diego got the best of Oakland in their first matchup with a 31-28 win in Week 6 and are trying to make a push into the playoffs as December grows closer.

San Diego has lost their last three in a row and despite Oakland's 0-9 record, quarterback Philip Rivers knows how hungry they are for their first win.

"There's a lot of respect I have for the guys on that defense," Rivers said. "It's the NFL; I really believe you throw the record out the window."

San Diego is 3-1 at home this year and are two games behind the AFC West leading Denver Broncos (7-2).

"This is a division game," Rivers said. "You play them twice a year and it's always a heck of a game."

The Raiders are averaging just 16.2 points a game this year under rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

"We're always confident, but we know the challenge that lies ahead," Carr said. "We know that we lost last time. Whether it was good, bad, or ugly, we still lost. We know how hard we have to work to get this win against a really good football team."

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Dolphins Shutout Chargers, 37-0

Marc Serota/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins forced four turnovers while Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdowns en route to a 37-0 trouncing of San Diego on Sunday.

It was the eighth straight home win for Miami (5-3) over the Chargers (5-4), who have not won in South Florida since 1982.

The win was an emotional one for Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, whose father passed away on Friday, causing him to miss two days of practice.

"I really have to give our assistant coaches and our players a ton of credit," said Philbin. "I kind of just showed up for the game."

Miami's defense set the tone, forcing three interceptions and a fumble of Philip Rivers, while Tannehill racked up 288 yards in the win. Tannehill's three touchdown passes were to three different receivers while Lamar Miller also ran for a score in the Dolphins most lopsided win since 1995.

"We're scratching the surface," Philbin said. "We certainly haven't put it all together yet."

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Sanders Sails Broncos Past Chargers

(DENVER) -- Emmanuel Sanders caught a career-high three touchdowns to lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 35-21 Thursday night.

Sanders finished his big day with nine catches for 120 yards and those three touchdowns.

"Every week we don't know where the ball is going to go," Sanders said. "The defense really dictates that and what Peyton is seeing. And tonight was just my night."

Peyton Manning completed 25 of 35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, including a 31-yard bomb to Sanders with 32 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Broncos up 14-7, giving them the lead for good.

Juwan Thompson ran for two second-half touchdowns, and Ronnie Hillman had 98 yards rushing for Denver (6-1).

Philip Rivers completed 30 of 41 passes for 240 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for San Diego (5-3).

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Denver 35 (6-1) - San Diego 21 (5-3)

NCAAF: (18) East Carolina 31 (5-1) - Connecticut 21 (1-5)

Miami (FL) 30 (5-3) - Virginia Tech 6 (4-4)

NHL: New York Islanders 3 (5-2-0, 10 pts) - Boston Bruins 2 (4-5-0, 8 pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (4-1-2, 10 pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (3-2-1, 7 pts) (F/OT)

Minnesota Wild 2 (3-2-0, 6 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (2-3-1, 5 pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (5-0-2, 12 pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (4-1-1, 9 pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (4-2-0, 8 pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (2-3-1, 5 pts)

Calgary Flames (4-3-1, 9 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes (0-3-2, 2 pts)

Buffalo Sabres (1-6-0, 2 pts) - Los Angeles Kings (4-1-1, 9 pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-0, 6 pts) - San Jose Sharks (4-2-1, 9 pts)

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Alex Smith's Gearing Up for Return to San Diego

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- San Diego native Alex Smith is looking forward to the Chiefs game against the Chargers (5-1) on Sunday.

Kansas City sits at 2-3 and Smith knows how important a divisional game is.

"These games are physical," Smith said.  "They're tough games, you expect that.  It's going to come down to the end; back and forth; you have to find a way to be on the right side of that."

Smith, who grew up playing High School football in San Diego, said that the goal was always to get to play in the spotlight.

"That was the goal to get to play at Qualcomm," Smith said.  "Championship game was played there, it was a big deal.  Fortunately I got to play there twice, my junior and senior year."

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is off to one of his best career starts and Smith is well aware of their offensive attack.

"Within the pocket I think he is probably as good as there is," Smith said of his fellow quarterback.  "He gets it out quick, anticipates, really does some good things."

The Chiefs are 1-2 on the road this year.  San Diego is 3-0 at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers (1-1) have a tough task at hand on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (2-0).

San Diego is coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2 and quarterback Philip Rivers understands this will be another challenge in a long season.

"It's going to be tough," Rivers said. "[They're] not a team we're overly familiar with and they've won two in a row. We got to go play good."

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is doing everything he can to prepare his defense for stand-out rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

"He's on his first go-around with each defensive back," McCoy said of the rookie.  "He plays it for a little bit and as the game goes on he learns a few more things about the technique that guys trying to play. He's got so much to learn, but he's done a nice job the first couple weeks of the season, very explosive player."

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