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Chargers Have Work to Do to Make Playoffs

Big win over Denver means team still has a chance at playoff spot.

By Matthew Wood
|  Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 8:58 PM PDT
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San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser (90) reacts after intercepting a pass by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

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The Chargers' main competitors in the AFC didn't do them any favors this week as the team makes a push for the playoffs.

Both the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins scored dramatic victories in Week 15, remaining a game ahead of San Diego in the standings.

Baltimore won a Monday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions behind the leg of kicker Justin Tucker, who made six field goals, including a 61-yarder to win the game, 18-16. Miami beat the New England Patriots, 24-20, intercepting Pats quarterback Tom Brady in the last minute for the win.

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Both teams are 8-6, while the Bolts, still basking in the glow of an impressive 27-20 victory over the AFC West division leading Denver Broncos on Thursday night, are 7-7. Because both teams hold tiebreakers, it means San Diego has to win out and have each team lose their remaining games.

In order to qualify for the sixth and final playoff spot, the Chargers have to win their final two games at home against Oakland and Kansas City to finish 9-7 and then hope.

The Ravens have a tougher schedule. The defending Super Bowl champs have games against two probably playoff teams: at home against the Patriots and on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals. Miami plays on the road against the Buffalo Bills and at home against the New York Jets to finish the regular season.

The Chargers will need four losses in those games in order to move on to the postseason.

Improbable? Maybe, but not impossible. Bolts fans just need to root hard for their team to win two straight and pray the rest works itself out.

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