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NFL: San Diego 32, Denver 3

San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) pressures Denver Broncos quarterback Chris Simms during the first quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Nov. 22, 2009. Broncos starting quarterback Kyle Orton replaced Simms but the Chargers walloped the Broncos 32-3 and took over the AFC West division lead. UPI/Gary C. Caskey.
San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) pressures Denver Broncos quarterback Chris Simms during the first quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Nov. 22, 2009. Broncos starting quarterback Kyle Orton replaced Simms but the Chargers walloped the Broncos 32-3 and took over the AFC West division lead. UPI/Gary C. Caskey. | License Photo

DENVER, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Philip Rivers tossed a touchdown pass, Nate Kaeding kicked four field goals and San Diego won its fifth straight game Sunday, pounding the Denver Broncos 32-3.

The Chargers (7-3) overtook Denver (6-4) for first place in the AFC West.

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Rivers completed 17-of-22 passes for 145 yards, throwing a 2-yard scoring pass to Legedu Naanee with 5:58 left in the first period. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 73 yards on 20 carries, scoring on a 1-yard run in the third.

Mike Tolbert scored a touchdown and Vincent Jackson caught four passes for 56 yards, while the Chargers' defense forced three turnovers.

Kyle Orton, playing on a gimpy right ankle, completed 15-of-29 passes for 171 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Knowshon Moreno gained 80 rushing yards and Matt Prater kicked a third-quarter field goal, while Chris Simms lost a fumble in the end zone for the Broncos, who have lost four in a row.

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