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Chiefs playoff picture: Ravens shock Chargers edition

The Chargers’ loss gives the Chiefs some breathing room to get the number one seed in the postseason

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday night, the Baltimore Ravens shocked the Los Angeles Chargers with a 22-10 road victory when the Ravens’ Patrick Onwuasor forced a fumble on a completion to Antonio Gates, and Tavon Young recovered the fumble and sprinted 62 yards for a touchdown with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

The Chargers’ loss changes the playoff calculus for the Kansas City Chiefs.

As we’ve previously noted, a win against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday clinches the AFC West and a first-round bye — and the odds that it would be as the number one seed are better than nine in 10.

If the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon, a Chiefs win on Sunday night will clinch the AFC West and the number one seed for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

But regardless of what happens on Sunday, a Chiefs victory against the Oakland Raiders at home a week from Sunday will also clinch the one seed.

So if you want the Chiefs to have a meaningless game against the Raiders, root for the Eagles to win on Sunday, and hope the Chiefs defeat the Seahawks on Sunday night. But even if neither of those things happen, the Chiefs will still control their own destiny to obtain the number one seed.

Thanks, Ravens!

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