The San Diego Chargers finally looked like world-beaters but it's probably too late.
LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run against his favorite punching bag and Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Vincent Jackson, to give the Chargers a 34-7 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. It was San Diego's 11th straight win over their archrivals in a series dating to the birth of the AFL in 1960.
The Chargers (5-8) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games. Once considered favorites to reach the Super Bowl, they're still going to need a miracle to reach the playoffs. They trail Denver by 2 1/2 games in the AFC West, and the Broncos have four to play.