Seahawks lose, still clinch NFC West
SEATTLE, Wash - The Seattle Seahawks are going to the NFL playoffs as NFC West champions for the third consecutive season, but they've also got a three-game losing streak. A 37-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson with 29 seconds left gave the San Diego Chargers a 20 to 17 victory over the stunned Seahawks today at Qwest Field. But the sting of the Seahawks' loss was somewhat soothed by Arizona's upset at San Francisco minutes earlier. That meant Seattle, with an 8 and 7 record, clinched its division crown. San Diego, the AFC West winner, improved its record to 13 and 2 with its franchise-best ninth win in a row. Shaun Alexander ran for 140 yards and both Seattle touchdowns to rally the Seahawks from a 10 to 0 deficit in the second half. His spinning, 9-yard score put the Seahawks up 14 to 13 with 13 minutes left. A Josh Brown field goal with 3 minutes to go upped that lead. But then Rivers got going. He completed two throws for 24 yards before Jackson caught safety Michael Boulware cheating up on a deep pass route. Jackson easily slipped behind Boulware for his second touchdown catch of the game. The Seahawks will try to avoid a fourth loss in a row on New Year's Eve at 10 a.m. when they complete their regular-season schedule at Tampa Bay.