Return of the King

LT reclaims league rushing lead in 23-3 SD romp over Denver
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 25, 2007 6:12 AM CST
San Diego Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson wears a towel on his head as he watches time run down at the end of their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, in San Diego. Tomlinson...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With Pittsburgh's Willie Parker (1316 yards) sidelined with a broken wheel and Minnesota's rookie wunderkind Adrian Peterson (1305) running on fumes, the league's rushing leader has a familiar face again. Last year's titlebearer LaDainian Tomlinson (1418) reclaimed the lead with a game to go, the AP reports, as the Chargers smacked around the Broncos, 23-3.

Tomlinson had 107 yards, but just four carries in the second half as the game was quickly put out of reach by the playoff-bound Chargers. On Christmas Eve, Jay Cutler—the quarterback from Santa Claus, Indiana—had a hellish four-sack, three-turnover night. His Denver team ended up outscored by San Diego in the season series 64-6.