"Sometimes you just have to let the course of a season play out. At some point, it has to happen. That's just how it is. For us not to be doing it, it's happening now. It's just coming at a later time, you know what I mean? And for us, it's great, because if we can be hot going into the playoffs, Whoa, Nellie! Whoa, Nellie!"

San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson

His Chargers have won eight of their last 10 games. With wins over Denver and Oakland to end the season, San Diego would clinch the third seed in the AFC, which means they would avoid the Patriots until the AFC title game.