The Chargers beat Oakland at home Sunday, and kept their flickering playoff hopes alive by virtue of losses by Baltimore and Miami.
Now, all the Chargers need is a Week 17 encore. They need to beat Kansas City at home, and will keep their fingers crossed that Baltimore loses at Cincinnati, and Miami loses at home to the New York Jets. If all that were to happen, San Diego would claim the No. 6 seed.
OK, so it's a lot to ask.
"All three went our way today, including the one we had our control in," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "Same boat next week. We need all three to go our way. The only one we can control is the one here against the Chiefs."
No bailing out Detroit
The Detroit Lions were 6-3 at one point, and they're the only NFC North team that hasn't had to replace its quarterback. Still, the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday with a home loss to the New York Giants in overtime.
The Lions have lost five of six, blowing fourth-quarter leads in each of those defeats.
"We put ourselves in a bad, bad situation," linebacker Stephen Tulloch said. "Unfortunately, we can't dig ourselves out of it now."
Failing to make the playoffs almost certainly spells doom for Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz.