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With Tim Tebow in the way, San Diego Chargers don't have a prayer

December 6, 2011 | 11:10 am

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The San Diego Chargers are two games back in the AFC West with four weeks left. Most years, that would be nothing for those guys. But this year is different because of two words:

Tim Tebow.

The pop culture phenomenon, who also happens to play quarterback, has gone 6-1 as the starter of the Denver Broncos, who now sit atop the division standings at 7-5.

Oh yeah, the Oakland Raiders are up there too, also at 7-5. But back to Tebow ... he has the Broncos looking impossible to beat, somehow pulling off one victory after another when a loss seemed inevitable.

Meanwhile, the Chargers finally put together a solid game with a 38-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night. Philip Rivers returned to Pro Bowl form, completing 22 of 28 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns. It was a welcome performance for a quarterback who leads the league in interceptions (17) and turnovers (21).

In the past, this would be perfect timing for the Chargers, who played well down the stretch to make the playoffs in three of the last four years. Back in 2008, the Broncos had a three-game lead with three games remaining, but lost all three to hand the divisional title to the surging Chargers.

But those were the old days. Tebow has the Broncos looking like they might never lose again.

These Broncos aren't going to collapse. This is Tebow Time.

Sorry Chargers.

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Photo: Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow runs for a first down while being chased by San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel / US Presswire

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