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Chargers’ 0-4 start ‘sucked,’ but losses built resilience for playoff push

By in Press Enterprise on December 26, 2017

By Jack Wang

The Chargers opened the season with four straight losses, which is a good way to kill interest in a newly relocated franchise. That they head into the regular-season finale on Sunday with a shot at the playoffs … well, that’s a minor Christmas miracle.

Because 12 weeks ago, this was an 0-4 team playing before hostile home crowds after an awkward move north. And in all of NFL history, only one 0-4 team had ever reached the postseason: the 1992 San Diego Chargers.

After winning eight of their last 11 contests, the 2017 Los Angeles Chargers are a few steps away from joining them.

“We started 0-4, but we didn’t look back,” said defensive tackle Darius Philon. “We didn’t dwell on it. We just stuck together as a unit, as a team. Thought positive. And we made a turnaround.”

A 14-7 win over the Jets on Christmas Eve has pushed this team right to the edge of the playoff picture. But with Baltimore, Buffalo and Tennessee also vying for wild-card spots, they’ll need some help.

Assuming there are no ties, the Titans must lose to the Jaguars. The Ravens need to beat the Bengals, or the Bills need to lose to the Dolphins. Either way, the Chargers must avoid a multi-team tie — a scenario that would eliminate them based on their conference record.

And of course, the Chargers must beat the Raiders.

So there’s apparently a way for the #Chargers to make the playoffs without beating the Raiders. (They’d have to tie.)

But the Bolts are OUT if the Jaguars lose to the Titans, regardless of what else happens.

— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) December 25, 2017

The NFL announced Sunday night that all games with playoff implications will kick off at 1:25 p.m. Pacific time, which means the Chargers (8-7) […]    

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