LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for two touchdowns and Philip Rivers threw for a pair of scores to guide San Diego to a 31-23 victory over an Eagles squad that couldn't overcome three lackluster quarters.
Tomlinson rushed for a season-high 96 yards on 24 carries, while Rivers was an efficient 20-of-25 for 231 yards for the Chargers (6-3), who have won four straight to tie Denver atop the AFC West standings. The Chargers play in Denver next Sunday.
Mike Tolbert and Legedu Naanee each caught a TD pass for San Diego, which chewed up nearly seven minutes on the clock during a 12-play, 66-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to all but seal the victory.
Donovan McNabb had a good statistical game, finishing with 450 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes for the Eagles (5-4), who were coming off a 20-16 loss to Dallas last weekend.
McNabb, who connected on 35-of-55 throws, threw two balls in the end zone in the waning seconds, with the latter getting intercepted by Antonio Cromartie as time expired.
Brian Westbrook returned to the field after a two-game absence but sustained his second concussion in four weeks during the loss.
Jeremy Maclin's five-yard reception in the left corner of the end zone pulled the Eagles within 28-16 with 14:12 remaining in the game.
San Diego went three-and-out and the Eagles moved the ball with relative ease against the Chargers' prevent defense.Brent Celek kept the drive moving with a 17-yard reception on 4th-and-4 from the San Diego 28, and the tight end caught a six-yard TD pass to make it a one-score affair.
The Chargers took over with a little over seven minutes left and held the ball for 6:42 thanks to a pair of third-down conversions, the latter an 18-yard reception by Naanee that put the ball at the Philadelphia 15.
That was the last first down for the San Diego offense, but the Eagles had no timeouts following the two-minute warning. As time ticked down, Nate Kaeding booted a 29-yard field goal with 30 seconds left to make it 31-23.
McNabb moved the Eagles 32 yards with a pair of completions, but his last- second bullet to the end zone went directly into the arms of Cromartie.
The hosts went up 7-0 midway through the opening frame when Rivers hit Tolbert with a dump pass in the middle of the field that turned into a 20-yard score.
With the Eagles sputtering on offense, San Diego embarked on a 10-play, 82- yard drive that culminated with Tomlinson's three-yard TD run four minutes into the second quarter.
Philadelphia twice penetrated the red zone later in the half but only came away with field goals each time. A defensive pass interference penalty gave the Eagles the ball at the San
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