Rivers to Cutler and Favre: You Can Have the Pro Bowl; I'm in the Playoffs!

Bryan HollisterAnalyst IDecember 28, 2008

8-8 is obviously good enough. With a win over Denver, the San Diego Chargers captured the AFC West title and the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs.

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.