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AFC playoff picture: Steelers’ win puts bye week in doubt for Patriots

The big winner of Sunday’s big Steelers-Patriots game may have been the Texans. After the Patriots lost on Sunday, the Texans now have the inside track to a bye week in the AFC playoffs. Home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs will likely go to the AFC West winner, and the Texans just need to win [more]

AFC playoff picture: Texans move into No. 2 spot, for now

The Houston Texans are in position for a first-round playoff bye. At least, they are right now, after Saturday’s win over the Jets. They need a loss from the Patriots to stay at No. 2 in the AFC. The Browns, meanwhile, have kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a win over the Broncos. Here’s [more]

Antonio Gates, Ben Watson are not acting their ages

Before this season, no tight end in NFL history had ever gained 300 receiving yards in the year he turned 38 or older. This season, two tight ends have done so. Antonio Gates, the Chargers’ 38-year-old tight end, has 312 receiving yards this season. And Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, who will turn 38 next [more]

Chargers would host AFC title game at StubHub Center, limited size be damned

The game that will determine the AFC representative in the Super Bowl could be played in an uncharacteristically intimate venue. Per multiple sources, the AFC title game will be played at the StubHub Center, if the L.A. Chargers qualify to host it. The less-than-30,000-seat facility, which has played host to the Chargers for the last [more]

Philip Rivers hopes all questions about Mike Williams were answered

Last year the Chargers chose wide receiver Mike Williams with the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft. Williams struggled through an injury-plagued rookie season that saw him catch just 11 passes for 95 yards, with no touchdowns. But this year has been different. Williams has 37 catches for 592 yards and nine receiving touchdowns, [more]

Keenan Allen diagnosed with hip pointer

Chargers receiver Keenan Allen fell on his hip on a near-touchdown in the second quarter Thursday night. He returned for one play before going to a knee in pain. He ended up playing only 17 of 74 snaps. Medical testing Friday revealed good news, though. Doctors diagnosed Allen with a hip pointer, Ian Rapoport of [more]

Thursday’s night game could shake up the MVP race

Any and all discussions about the MVP race aren’t relevant until the regular season ends. But that doesn’t stop them from happening. Throughout the 2018 season, a variety of names have emerged (and subsided) in the MVP debate. After Sunday’s no-look and sidearm and fourth-down-wing-and-a-prayer victory over the Ravens, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes seemed to [more]

Chargers avoided a penalty for storming the field, somehow

Like many NFL games, Thursday’s included questionable calls made and not made. One specific call that wasn’t made robbed the Chiefs of a chance to finish the game with an unforgettable moment. After the Chargers converted a two-point conversion to take the lead with four seconds left, Chargers players stormed the field. In the middle [more]

NFL says faulty cables caused difficulties with Bengals’ play calling in Carson

During Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the Bengals had to resort to communicating with walkie-talkies because of technical difficulties. The NFL says faulty cables were to blame. According to Marisa Contipelli of Bengals.com, the league put out a statement saying faulty cables were to blame. “During the game we had issues with the cable that [more]

Los Angeles could host both conference championship games

The Chargers’ win over the Chiefs on Thursday night leaves open the real possibility that the road to the Super Bowl, in both the AFC and the NFC, could go through Los Angeles. The Chargers are now two wins and a Chiefs loss away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and the Rams [more]

Antonio Gates “very emotional” about returning to playoffs

The Chargers pulled out a stunning 29-28 win on Thursday night that left the AFC West title up for grabs over the final two weeks of the regular season. While the division crown is unsettled, the team knows it will be heading to the playoffs one way or another as a result of the win. [more]

Andy Reid: The important thing is learning from this loss

The Chiefs led by 14 points in the fourth quarter at home against the Chargers on Thursday night, but they didn’t wind up with a win. Two touchdowns and a two-point conversion made the Chargers 29-28 winners and left the Chiefs at risk of losing the AFC West title after being ahead of the Chargers [more]

Anthony Lynn on going for two: “It was a no brainer”

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn became a short-list favorite for coach of the year after his team turned a 28-14 deficit with five minutes left to play into the eleventh win of the season and a realistic shot at the top seed in the AFC. He did it by making the bold-but-correct decision to go for [more]

Eric Berry said second-half absence was planned

The Chiefs could have certainly used Eric Berry in the second half last night. But they knew going into the game that wasn’t going to be the case. Via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, the Chiefs safety said he didn’t leave the game because of any setback with his heel injury, but because he and coach [more]

Four teams have clinched playoff berths, five more can clinch this weekend

The Los Angeles Chargers became the fourth team to clinch a playoff berth. With their win over the Chiefs on Thursday night, the Chargers have joined the Chiefs as the only two AFC teams to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They are still battling it out for the AFC West title, with one of [more]

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