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5 Reasons Why The San Diego Chargers Will Win The Super Bowl

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5 Reasons The San Diego Chargers Will Win The Super Bowl

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers got to the playoffs on the wings of a missed field goal by Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop. The Chargers' return to the playoffs marks Mike McCoy’s first trip as a head coach and the Chargers’ first since 2009.

The Chargers’ road to get to the playoffs took unexpected turns and, at times, looked bleak. With the Denver Broncos and Chiefs fighting for lead of the division, the AFC West looked like a crowded place. The Chiefs ended up at the top wildcard spot, leaving the rest of the AFC to fight for the last spot. Of course, Mr. December, Philip Rivers, went to work and managed to salvage a season and turn the team into a playoff contender.

The Chargers’ first opponent is the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that torched the San Diego defense for a win at Qualcomm in early December. That game gave Rivers his lone loss in his December campaign (3-1). Turnovers were the key to that loss, as both Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates fumbled the ball on offense.

Leading to Sunday, the Chargers are seven-point underdogs in their rematch against the Bengals at home, where the Bengals haven’t lost a game yet this season. However, the Chargers handed both Denver and Kansas City their first losses at home during the regular season.

This Chargers team is a true wild-card team, as you don’t know what to expect from their players and coaches. But with all the circumstances around them, click through the slides to find out why this team is going to the Super Bowl and winning it all.

Erwin Mendoza is a San Diego Chargers writer for Follow him on Twitter @erwinsports, or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Nothing To Lose

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This team got into the playoffs with some luck. Ryan Succop was wide right, and Eric Weddle got a favorable call from the referees. This team wasn’t supposed to be here with their resume, but they are here. They can play loose because there’s no pressure to win.

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4. Easiest Route

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The Chargers have beaten three of the five AFC playoff teams in the regular season. If they do advance on Sunday, it’s another game at Denver in the cold. Then after that, it could be at New England, Indianapolis or Kansas City.

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3. Effective Run Game

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Ryan Mathews had his first full 16-game season with the Chargers this past season. To win in cold weather, the run game has to get going with Mathews and Danny Woodhead. Through the 2013 campaign, this team has shown commitment to the run.

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2. Philip Rivers

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Phillip Rivers finished the season completing 69.5 percent of his passes. He proved everyone wrong with his stellar comeback year, and he can also prove everyone wrong with winning a championship in San Diego.

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1. Fulfilling The Prophecy

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Since 2009, every team that plays the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener wins the Super Bowl. For a refresher, that’s the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. It’s already in the cards.