PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 09: Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 9, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chargers defeated the Steelers 34-24. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
Believe it or not, the Chargers are still not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
It is a long, very slim, chance, but possible.
Here is a breakdown of what would have to happen in order for San Diego to get a playoff berth:
1. The Chargers have to win out. If the Bolts lose any of their last three games against the Panthers, Jets, or Raiders, they are out.
2. Sunday: the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Dallas Cowboys. The last time these two teams met was in 2008. In that game the Steelers won by a touchdown.
3. Week 16: The Steelers beat the Bengals. This is the second AFC North meeting for these teams. In week seven Pittsburgh beat the Bengals in Cincinnati 24-17.
4. Week 17: The Steelers lose to the Browns and the Bengals lose to the Ravens.
5. The Browns, who are currently sitting at 5-8, have to lose at least one of their last three games.
All of these terms are non-negotiable. If any of the above conditions do not happen, the Chargers playoff hopes are gone.