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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wrap-up: Bengals 34, Chargers 20

By Bill Williamson

A look at a crushing defeat for San Diego:

What it means: San Diego’s dominance of the AFC West is over. The Chargers’ loss clinched the AFC West title for the surprising Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers had won four straight division titles. The Chargers entered the day needing two wins and one Kansas City loss in the final two games to win the division. The only way San Diego could have been knocked out of the race Sunday was a Chiefs win and a Chargers loss. Bingo.

Tomorrow’s talker: Norv Turner’s job security. San Diego fans are already calling for Turner’s head after this nonplayoff disaster. Don’t expect it to happen. The Chargers are high on Turner, who was given a contract extension last year. I’d be surprised if he was fired for this season’s failure. Now, if the Chargers don’t make the playoffs again next year with all of that talent, yes, Turner would probably be out.

Injury status: A source close to the situation said the X-rays on the head/neck injury suffered by running back Mike Tolbert were negative and his prognosis was good. Tolbert was taken off on a stretcher early in the game.

What’s next: San Diego plays out the string at Denver against the red-hot Tim Tebow as the Chargers try to finish the season with a winning record.