NFL Playoff Picture: Mapping the paths that remain for Chargers

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What a wild Week 18.

The Jaguars beat the Colts, which means that if the Chargers and Raiders’ Sunday night matchup ends in a tie, they will both make the playoffs.

With the Steelers defeating the Ravens, Pittsburgh will get into the playoffs as long as Los Angeles and Las Vegas do not tie.

Furthermore, the Jaguars’ and Steelers’ victory guaranteed the Bolts will get nothing lower than the No. 6 seed if they beat the Raiders.

If Las Vegas wins, Los Angeles is knocked out of playoff contention.

Here’s a look at the Chargers’ seeding outcome (with no tie):

No. 5 seed

Chargers win + Jets win + Patriots win = @ Bengals in Wild Card

No. 6 seed

Chargers win + Jets win + Dolphins win = @ Bengals in Wild Card

Chargers win + Bills win + Dolphins/Patriots win = @ Bills in Wild Card

Here’s a look at the Chargers’ seeding outcome (with tie):

No. 6 seed

Chargers tie + Jets win + Patriots win = @ Patriots in Wild Card

Chargers tie + Jets win + Dolphins win = @ Bengals in Wild Card

Chargers tie + Bills win + Dolphins/Patriots win = @ Bills in Wild Card