SAN DIEGO -- Mike Tolbert came back to San Diego with his touchdown dance intact and "a whole bag of chips" on his shoulder, and helped assure that the Chargers will miss the playoffs for the third straight season.
Tolbert scored twice against his former team and DeAngelo Williams turned a tipped pass from Cam Newton into a 45-yard touchdown reception to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 31-7 victory against the punchless Chargers on Sunday.
Carolina (5-9) won consecutive games for the first time since last December.
"It's a great feeling to be able to score the first two touchdowns back here," Tolbert said. "It's indescribable."
The Chargers (5-9) clinched their first losing season since 2003, when they were an NFL-worst 4-12. Coach Norv Turner is expected to be fired at season's end, most likely along with general manager A.J. Smith.
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