In order for the San Diego Chargers to improve their playoff chances, they needed the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins to lose. Instead, the Ravens and Dolphins win leaving the Chargers, though victorious over the New York Giants, on life support for the sixth and final playoff spot.
At the contested sixth seed, the Ravens overcame multiple lead changes in the last two minutes to hold the sixth seed. The Dolphins took care of their business, leaving the Chargers anxious come game time. If the playoffs ended today, the Ravens are in and the Dolphins and Chargers are sitting on couches come January.
The best-case playoff scenario for the Chargers would be to finish 9-7, and have both the Ravens and Dolphins finish 8-8 or 7-9. The Ravens have a tougher road ahead of them as they face off against three division leaders, whereas the Dolphins face AFC East division rivals the rest of the way.
There are too many factors out of Chargers’ control meaning that last spot might not be in the cards for them.
The Chargers do not own tiebreakers with the Ravens or Dolphins. Based on their conference record, the Chargers would lose to the Ravens. Then because of their loss at Miami, the Chargers lose to the Dolphins.
Winning out for the Chargers results in a 9-7 record and their win might have come a little too late. Waiting for the Ravens and Dolphins to choke for three games just seems improbable and too much to ask for.