Rapid Reaction: Chargers 41, Buccaneers 24

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers are keeping the heat on the Denver Broncos.

In a game they had to win, the Chargers battered the host Buccaneers Sunday, 41-24. It was the Chargers' third straight victory and one of their more impressive wins of the season. San Diego is now 7-8.

The Chargers' road to the playoffs is now simple. If Denver (8-6) loses Sunday at home against Buffalo, it will set up a winner-takes-the-division game next Sunday in San Diego between the Broncos and San Diego.

The Chargers got new life in the division after their wild comeback win last week at Kansas City. The Chiefs led 21-3 at the start of the fourth quarter and they led 21-10 at the two minute warning.

The Chargers were clearly fired up in Tampa Bay as they dominated the Buccaneers for much of the afternoon. Now they wait to see if it matters.