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How Chargers Playoff Dreams Can Still Come True

They need a lot of help

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    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. 

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