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Monday, December 6, 2010 — (ABC News: ESPN Sports) –



The San Diego Chargers don’t lose in December, when they prove they own the AFC West. The Indianapolis Colts usually clinch the AFC South before Christmas.


Brett Favre, Arthur Moats

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) is hit by Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats (52) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Andy King)


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On Sunday, both teams saw their division title hopes take huge hits, and with wild-card aspirations farfetched, their chances of making the playoffs diminished, too.



Oakland, which snapped a 13-game slide against San Diego on Oct. 10, swept the season series for the first time since 2001 with a 28-13 victory. The Chargers’ streak of 18 straight December victories, which tied an NFL record for most victories in any month, came to a thudding end.



San Diego (6-6) had won four in a row, but now is tied with Oakland in a division Kansas City leads by two games.



“Everyone was talking all week long about the hottest team in football and on and on,” Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. “We give them a lot of credit. They are a good football team, but we just understand what we need to in order to beat these guys. And we give a lot of credit to the offensive line. We just wanted to run it at them.”



Oakland did, piling up 251 yards. Darren McFadden ran for 97 yards and a TD, and Michael Bush rushed for 95 yards and a score.



Dallas was nearly as effective with the run in stunning Indianapolis 38-35 in overtime. Dallas (4-8) rushed for a season-high 217 yards and led most of the way thanks to Peyton Manning’s four interceptions, two returned for TDs — by Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick. The Colts (6-6), undefeated at this point a year ago, fell one game behind first-place Jacksonville in the AFC South.



“We certainly have put ourselves in a hole,” Manning said after Lee’s second interception set up David Buehler’s winning 38-yard field goal. “Unfortunately, we have to scoreboard-watch a little bit and that’s not a situation you want to be in. I’m disappointed that I’ve put our team in a hole, but we do have some division games left.”



The defending conference champs might need to win every remaining game to get into the postseason.



Elsewhere, Brett Favre lasted only one series in Minnesota before damaging his right shoulder. Tarvaris Jackson threw three picks, but also hit Sidney Rice for two scores in a 38-14 win against Buffalo. Favre sprained his throwing shoulder after getting crunched by linebacker Arthur Moats, an injury that leaves the Vikings quarterback unsure whether he will be able to start his 298th straight regular-season game next week.



“If we were talking ankles or elbows, thumbs or something like that, I would probably be a little more up to date on how to deal with it,” the 41-year-old Favre said. “First time in 20 years I have ever done anything like that, so it is kind of surprising.”



Also Sunday, it was: Kansas City 10, Denver 6; Pittsburgh 13, Baltimore 10; Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 24; New Orleans 34, Cincinnati 30; Jacksonville 17, Tennessee 6; Chicago 24, Detroit 20; Green Bay 24, San Francisco 16; Seattle 31, Carolina 14; St. Louis 19, Arizona 6; the New York Giants 31, Washington 7; and Cleveland 13, Miami 10.



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