With a three game lead over the Chargers, with three to go, their magic number at one, the Denver Broncos failed to win any of their three remaining games, including a huge upset against the Buffalo Bills last week at Invesco Field.
The Chargers, on the other hand, completed what may be the greatest comeback in terms of the regular season, in NFL history.
Left for dead four weeks ago, reeling from a 22-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and sitting at 4-8, the Chargers remained united despite their dire situation and reeled off four straight wins, capping off the most improbable of runs with a 52-21 thrashing of their hated rivals, the Denver Broncos.
The Chargers were able to continue their hot streak as the teamed turned out their most balanced performance of the season, as the team ran for a franchise record 289 yards, with Philip Rivers throwing for an additional 207 yards.
The Denver Broncos, whose season was mired by injuries will now have a whole offseason to stir over their collapse and what could have been, as they will not be appearing in the post season for the third consecutive year.
The San Diego Chargers, who captured their third straight AFC West Crown and fourth in the last five years, now turn their attention to 12-4 Indianapolis, as the two teams will face off next Saturday night in a contest that will feature the two hottest teams going into the postseason, the Chargers winners of four straight, the Colts, nine, in what promises to be a fair fight.