Rapid Reaction: Chargers 43, Chiefs 14

SAN DIEGO --- The San Diego Chargers wrapped up their AFC West divisional play for 2009 in grand style.

The Chargers completely manhandled the Chiefs. The undermanned Chiefs stuck around in the first quarter, but the Chargers exploded in the second quarter with 21 unanswered points. The Chargers continued the beat down in the second half.

The Chargers finished their AFC West slate with a 5-1 record. Their only blemish was a home loss to the Broncos, which San Diego avenged last week with a 29-point win in Denver.

San Diego has registered back-to-back 29-point wins. In San Diego’s six-game win streak, it has outscored opponents by 105 points. San Diego has outscored Kansas City 73-21 this season.

The Chargers are 8-3 and lead Denver by one game going into the final month of play. The Chargers, who play at Cleveland next week, have been excellent in December under the guidance of coach Norv Turner and the leadership of quarterback Philip Rivers.

San Diego looks poised to make a push for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye.

Kansas City dropped to 3-8 and saw its two-game win streak (its longest in two-plus seasons) end. The Chiefs did some nice things early, but they just couldn’t keep up with the surging Chargers.