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Tomlinson, Bolts run over Broncos

SAN DIEGO -- LaDainian Tomlinson took over the NFL rushing lead, got his fourth straight 100-yard game and called it a night.

Tomlinson had a 17-yard scoring run among his 107 yards as he led the AFC West champion San Diego Chargers to a 23-3 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night. L.T. sat out the bulk of the second half.

The Chargers (10-5) won their fifth straight game and for the ninth time in 11 games. They need simply to win at Oakland on Sunday to secure the AFC's No. 3 playoff seed.

Tomlinson scampered into the lead with 1,418 yards in his pursuit of his second straight rushing title. His route was made easier when Pittsburgh's Willie Parker (1,316) broke his right lower leg on Thursday night, finishing his season.

L.T.'s closest pursuer is Minnesota rookie Adrian Peterson, who has 1,305 yards after being held to just 27 yards on nine carries in a loss to Washington on Sunday night. Peterson set the NFL single-game record of 296 yards against San Diego on Nov. 4.

The Chargers held the Broncos (6-9) without a touchdown in the season series. The Bolts beat the Broncos 41-3 at Denver on Oct. 7 to end a three-game losing streak.

Tomlinson, the 2006 NFL MVP, had only four of his 19 carries in the second half.

QUICK HITTERS -- A torn knee ligament will keep Lions running back Kevin Jones out of the team's final regular-season game this weekend and could sideline him until the start of training camp. ... Ravens running back Willis McGahee will miss the season finale against the Steelers with two fractured ribs. ... Bills Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters will miss Buffalo's season finale at Philadelphia because of a groin injury. ... Browns starting nose tackle Ethan Kelly and backup safety Mike Adams were placed on injured reserve with knee injuries.

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