Chargers' Win vs. Broncos Changes Landscape of NFL Playoffs

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Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) waits for the play during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers pulled-off an improbable win over the Denver Broncos last night that could very reshape the NFL playoff landscape as the regular-season draws to a close. The Broncos now have three losses and are no longer in control of their own destiny in terms of earning home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

That now belongs to the New England Patriots, who can win-out and claim the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They need only to beat the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills to claim the top seed.

Speaking of the Ravens, with games against the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and the aforementioned Patriots, getting back to the playoffs looks suddenly more daunting then it previously did. They’ll likely need to win two of their final three games to secure a berth.

The Chargers need only win their final two games against the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs to get to 9-7, but then they need some help. The Ravens need to lose two games, which is very possible with games against three likely division winners left for them.

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