Morning Links: Chargers RBs step up

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. Michael Lev of the Orange County Register writes that San Diego running backs Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead lead the Chargers to victory with solid performances on offense. Lev: “No one exemplifies that scrappy nature better than the backfield tandem of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, whose determination fueled a 37-14 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday that the Chargers absolutely had to have. Mathews carried the ball a career-high 29 times for 103 hard yards, repeatedly lowering his brawny shoulders into the belly of the Giants defense. Woodhead accounted for 94 yards and a touchdown on 11 touches, including a 39-yard jump-ball reception.”

At 6-7, the Chargers are a game behind Baltimore (7-6) and Miami (7-6) for the final AFC wild card. But essentially the Chargers have to win out and hope for some help because they’ve already lost to Miami this season, and lose a tiebreaker to the Ravens because of a worse record in conference games.

Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego hands out lots of good grades for the Chargers' position groups after the team’s most impressive victory of 2013.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego wonders if the Chargers can follow up Sunday’s win with three more for a more fulfilling playoff run.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Chargers an A-minus for the team’s effort against the Giants. Brinson: “Another monster game for Philip Rivers, who threw three touchdowns and only seven incompletions. Keenan Allen should win Rookie of the Year. That was the Chargers best defensive performance of the year.”

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that San Diego’s defense played one of its best games of the season in forcing three turnovers and holding the Giants to 14 points.