Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/19/11

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 15: Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the game with the Seattle Seahawks on August 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Seahawks won 20-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Norv Turner was done. The San Diego Chargers' GM, A.J. Smith, was right behind. They're the kind of reports you expect to surface during a six-game losing streak. But as the Chargers showed in a 34-14 thumping of the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday night, ownership may have to wait a little longer to clean house. Perhaps maybe until after a Chargers playoff run. "We're going to go down fighting," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. "There's a lot of 4-7 teams that throw in the towel. I think it's a credit first to Norv for the way he goes about it, the way he coaches us and the way the players believe in him. The guys have stuck together." Don't laugh. The Chargers have won three games in a row since that skid and could finish at 9-7 with victories over Detroit on Saturday and Oakland on Jan. 1. Realistically, San Diego can advance to the playoffs only by winning the AFC West, and those chances were bolstered Sunday as Denver (8-6) and Oakland (7-7) both lost. Even 6-8 Kansas City which, unlike the Chargers, fired its coach (Todd Haley) last week is mathematically alive at this point, and the Chiefs' regular-season finale against Denver on New Year's Day could have divisionwide implications. Turner pegged the turnaround on members of his team getting healthier in recent weeks, most notably receiver Malcom Floyd. He had a game-high 96 yards receiving and a touchdown Sunday in his third game back from a hamstring injury. Another explanation is that these types of season-ending cramming sessions are just in the Chargers' DNA. Only three seasons ago, San Diego started the season 4-8 and rallied (combined with a Broncos collapse) to win the division. San Diego went on to beat the Indianapolis Colts in the first round before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The franchise was also the first to start the season 0-4 and make the playoffs, a 1992 team that also advanced into the second round. "It's just been a ball," Turner smirked. "It's the National Football League. Obviously, there are some guys who don't last long in terms of this position. Some guys have gone back into college because this is a grind. But it's a good grind, particularly if you're going through it with the guys we have in that locker room. We have great people in the locker room, and they've handled this. We've all seen groups who don't handle adversity well." And it's clear they haven't quit on Turner, an opinion not only voiced repeatedly in the locker room, but also on the scoreboard. The Chargers have had 24- and 27-point victories, respectively, over Jacksonville (Dec. 5) and Buffalo (Dec. 11). Neither of those teams is a contender, but it's not so easy to dismiss Sunday's beatdown of a Ravens team that clinched its fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs earlier in the day. The Ravens (10-4) entered the game third in the league in points allowed (15.5) and yardage allowed (278.1) per game and they had linebacker and defensive leader Ray Lewis back after missing four games with a foot injury. It took until 43 minutes and 34 seconds into the contest before that defense came up with a stop on a missed field goal, no less. The Chargers weren't forced to punt until early in the fourth quarter. Rivers who wasn't sacked and was hardly pressured by a Ravens' pass rush that is second in sacks in the NFL chewed up Baltimore's secondary, probably the loosest link in what has otherwise been a solid defense again this season. Rivers finished with 270 yards passing, pushing him over 4,000 yards passing for the fourth consecutive season. Second-year Chargers running back Ryan Mathews compiled 90 yards and two touchdowns as he hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time. The Ravens hadn't allowed this many points since October 2010 in a game against Buffalo. Meanwhile, the Ravens went 41 minutes between scores. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who was sacked five times, threw two interceptions to go with two TD passes. He finished on the bench as Tyrod Taylor went into the game in garbage time and was sacked twice. Former Ravens lineman Antwan Barnes was responsible for four of those sacks. "It was an ugly one," Flacco said. "Things weren't going our way. They were playing well, and we weren't." The Chargers need two more wins and some help to make the postseason. What they don't need is any extra motivation other than their four-letter rallying cry: Norv. "We are going to go out and fight for Norv," Chargers running back Mike Tolbert said. "We are going to play as hard as we can every play to try to beat the man across from us. We're playing for him. We believe in his system, we believe in him and believe in what he does for us. So we're going to keep playing."
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