SAN DIEGO, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for a career-high 220 yards and three touchdowns Sunday and Steve Christie, given a second chance, kicked the winning field goal in overtime to give the San Diego Chargers 30-27 victory over the Denver Broncos.
The win moved the Chargers (8-4) into sole possession of first place in the AFC West, a half game ahead of the Oakland Raiders (7-4) and a game in front of Denver (7-5). The Raiders host the New York Jets Monday night.
The NFL's second-leading rusher, Tomlinson had totaled 181 ground yards in his previous three games against the Broncos, but surpassed that on Sunday.
Tomlinson rushed for 137 yards on 17 carries in the first half alone and scored all three of his touchdowns -- runs of three, one and five yards -- in the second quarter. He carried 20 more times in the second half and overtime and eclipsed 200 yards rushing for the first time. Tomlinson also caught 11 passes for 51 yards.
Both teams had chances to win the game in overtime before Christie kicked a 27-yard field goal with 3:01 left in overtime. It was the ninth overtime kick for Christie, tying Jim Breech of Cincinnati for the most in NFL history.
Christie had a 38-yard field goal attempt blocked by Deltha O'Neal earlier in overtime.
The Broncos squandered their opportunity when Jason Elam missed a 53-yard field goal wide left.
Rookie Clinton Portis rushed for a season-high 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos, who lost for the third time in four games.