Philip Rivers is laughing right now.
No, I'm not standing next to him, I'm just guessing. That's what I'd be doing right about now.
The NFL's highest highest-rated passer turned in a workman-like performance against division rival Denver tonight, going 15-for-20 for 201 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in route to a 52-21 blowout. In front of thousands of screaming hometown fans, Rivers led his team to a decisive victory that gives the Chargers a home playoff game next weekend, and sent the Denver Broncos home wondering about a season that could have been.
Rivers was aided in his effort by running backs Darren Sproles, who had 115 yards and a touchdown, and LaDainian Tomlinson, who was just shy of 100 yards rushing, and punched it in for three scores.
To anyone saying LT has lost a step: it looks like he found it tonight.
Rivers had plenty of time to throw the ball, getting sacked only twice on the night. More importantly, he didn't throw any interceptions; in fact, the Chargers had zero turnovers to Denver's two, the second of which lead to LT's third touchdown of the night.
Their celebration needs to be short-lived, though: the Chargers face the Indianapolis Colts next week, and with the Colts coming off a big win over Tennessee, Rivers and company have a job ahead of them. Peyton Manning has been here before, and he knows how to win these things.
Usually rather decisively.
Enjoy the win, fellas; but remember that you have the worst record in the AFC playoff picture, and historically that is not a good thing.
No team has ever won the Super Bowl after an 8-8 season. EVER. If San Diego is to be the first, they have to buckle down and get to work, starting tomorrow.
Otherwise, it's one and done. And after tonight's showing, that would be a real shame.