The AFC Wild Card From a San Diego Chargers’ Perspective

January 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Earning a first-round bye with the second seed, San Diego will be sitting out the first round of the playoffs. This does not mean they won’t have a stake in what happens in that round. Depending on how the games play out, they could potentially face three of the four teams that will be playing in that wild card round.
Ironically, the lone team they cannot face in the divisional round, sixth seeded Baltimore, is the only team in the playoffs to have defeated the Chargers. The other potential opponents would be New England (automatic if they win), Cincinnati (if they and Baltimore are the victors), or the New York Jets (if they and Baltimore win).
Which outcome best benefits San Diego? They presently have the confidence to face any team. The Chargers were a different team when they lost a close fought match to Baltimore; they already defeated Cincinnati; and New England looks much tamer without star wideout Wes Welker.
The biggest question mark for San Diego would be th...

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