For the fourth year in a row.
SAN DIEGO — Thanks to the help of others, a playoff berth came easy to the Chargers on Sunday. Effortlessly, even. Their fifth AFC West Division title in six years wasn't so simple, no thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Pushed to the limit by the Bengals, the Chargers needed a picture-perfect 52-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding with just three seconds remaining for their ninth straight victory, a 27-24 triumph that ultimately delivered another division crown to the Chargers (11-3). Only moments later, the Oakland Raiders sealed an upset victory over the Denver Broncos, meaning the Chargers were three games up on the Broncos with two games to go in the regular season.
If you're keeping score, it's San Diego's fourth consecutive title since Philip Rivers assumed the QB position after releasing Drew Brees to the New Orleans Saints in 2006, the third under Norv Turner, and their fifth title in six years (2004, 2006-2009).