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Los Angeles Chargers
INSIDE SLANT

  Inside Slant | Notes, Quotes | Strategy and Personnel | Player Wire

  Second-best record in AFC might not help Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers are headed to the playoffs soon after they face the Denver Broncos to put a bow on the regular season.

But Los Angeles still isn't sure where they could be possibly headed or even who they are possibly playing.

The AFC's No. 5 seed has been clinched by the Chargers (11-4). But if they can prevail to split the season series with the Broncos and the Chiefs stumble against the Raiders, then the Chargers could be the AFC West champions and have a first-round bye.

"We have to root for the Raiders, it's the nature of this business," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said with a laugh. "They are our comrades."

But Lynn said he won't be peeking for updates of what's going on at Arrowhead Stadium. He said the focus is the Broncos, a team that has beat him twice in the three meetings he's been a Charger.

"What do I care about what the Raiders are doing when we're trying to beat the Broncos," Lynn said. "Although I'd love to see the Raiders play their best game of the year and win."

The Chargers should take this one as well, with the Broncos hitting the tape after another disappointing season and their Pro Bowl running back, Phillip Lindsay, out with a wrist injury.

But the Chargers have to prove they can rinse that loss administered to them by the Ravens last week. A physical Baltimore put a beating on the Bolts and now what? Will they rebound after producing season lows in yardage and points?

"We've lost before and bounced back and were looking to do the same thing," Lynn said. "This team is good at hitting the reset button."

It's good enough to be headed for the playoffs, with the particulars to be filled in by Sunday evening.

"(Denver) beat us the first time when we kind of fell apart at the end, but give them credit," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "We want to win the last game and regroup and go from there. We're just going to worry about us. Let's just focus on us and get back playing the way we played most this year."

SERIES RESULTS: 118th regular-season meeting. Broncos lead series, 65-51-1. Denver has had its way with the Chargers in Denver, winning the past five in Colorado. One of the most memorable games against these old foes was when the Chargers won an unlikely game in their Super Bowl year of 1994. Junior Seau intercepted a John Elway pass in the closing seconds to ice a victory after the Chargers erased a 24-6 deficit.


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