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Nov 22, 2009 7:50 PM

Chargers rout Denver in fifth straight win, 32-3

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Philip Rivers and a dominant defense led the San Diego Chargers into sole possession of first place in the AFC West with a 32-3 drubbing of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The Chargers (7-3) have won five straight and the Broncos (6-4) have dropped four in a row, turning the division race upside-down. Just five weeks ago, the Chargers trailed the Broncos by 3½ games.

The balance of power in the AFC West couldn't have shifted in a more dramatic fashion.

Rivers was a crisp 17 for 22 and he led San Diego to scores on seven of 10 drives. Nate Kaeding kicked four field goals and the Chargers also recovered an onside kick, recorded three sacks and forced three turnovers.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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