If the San Diego Chargers were the ideal playoff team, they would be 11-4 entering Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs. There are moments in the season that would have changed the current 8-7 record into a lock at the sixth seed. Moments like the defense collapsing against Jake Locker’s comeback victory in Tennessee, the now infamous 4th-and-goal play calling at Washington and letting the lead slip away in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans.
The Chargers don’t come together until the second half for some odd reason. Don’t forget that the schedule is forgiving towards the close of the season. The toughest opponents for San Diego come in the middle of the season, with the exception of the powerhouse Denver Broncos.
So, if the Chargers get into the playoffs, could they be the team to fear? Or is this team merely a step to the next round?
Just think about the fact that the last two super bowl teams were wildcard teams. This is not insinuating that this Chargers team is a Super Bowl team, but they are a playoff caliber team.
The playoffs are a tournament, and you want to get stuck playing the Cinderella team. They have a formula ripe for success, Phillip Rivers–Ryan Mathews–Keenan Allen Defense. That formula matched up well against the playoff teams they faced this season — Denver, the Indianapolis Colts, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chiefs.
At the end of the day, the teams that get hot at the right time run into good streaks. This team is hot right now, but for the future, the Chargers have to work on being consistent on game day. Consistency with a 10+ wins during the season beats praying for the downfall of other teams to get in.