Chargers very alive in playoff race following Dolphins, Ravens losses

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

How? What?

Win and they're in. As impossible as it seemed heading into Sunday's games, the San Diego Chargers now control their playoff destiny.

The Chargers needed both the Dolphins and the Ravens to lose Sunday to make their afternoon contest with the Chiefs meaningful, and that's exactly what has happened. The Dolphins lost to the Jets, eliminating themselves from playoff contention, while the Ravens lost to the Bengals. Since the Steelers handled the Browns easily, that left the Ravens eliminated from the playoffs as well.

It's either San Diego or Pittsburgh in the playoffs. If the Chargers win, they're in. If they lose, the Steelers would advance as the sixth seed.

The Chargers play the Chiefs at 2:25 p.m. MT. As the Chiefs have nothing to play for, they are resting many starters Sunday, including Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, and Tamba Hali.

Merry Christmas, San Diego. You have just been gifted a playoff berth.

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