Chargers Live to See Another Week to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Cindy FigueroaContributor IIDecember 19, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterbacks Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens and Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers shake hands after the Chargers' 34-14 win during their NFL Game on December 18, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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On a day San Diego Charger fans needed everything to go their way, it did. The Raiders lost to Detroit, and Tebow was overruled by the almighty Brady.

Before Sunday night, the Baltimore Ravens had been the Chargers’ kryptonite. There is something about the Ravens defense that always puts the lights out on the Bolts—but not on Sunday.

As usual, Mr. December showed up to play and delivered hope to thousands of fans. It can't be denied that Phillip Rivers is one of the league’s elite quarterbacks. On Sunday, he reached his fourth straight season with 4,000 yards passing. That put Rivers in the club with Brees and Manning in NFL history.

A few weeks ago, the talk was about Norv Turner being fired, an immature offensive line and the collapse of Phillip Rivers. But last night proved that the Chargers have the key elements to be contenders in the playoffs. 

The defense is making an impact.

Every week, Bolts fans feel more assured that they are getting their money’s worth with Eric Weddle. Takeo Spikes is creating intimidation within the three-four, with the help of Barnes and Phillips. The offensive line is giving Rivers the time he needs in the pocket to find Floyd, Jackson, Gates and rookie Brown.

The team is also holding up their end of the deal on the running game. Tolbert has been powerful with the short runs; Matthews has been driving it down the field.

Everything seems in sync for the boys in powder blue. To make the playoffs, they must win the last two games. Denver has to lose their last two.  This is a probability and Charger fans are hopeful.  

For now, Chargers fans can fantasize about the playoffs for another week. But we have seen this setup before. Year after year, the Chargers develop as underdogs, due to their slow season starts. They always end up as Super Bowl favorites because of their strong finishes in the regular season.

The Chargers have a complete roster each year: stunning quarterbacks, a deep running game and star defensive players.  What will it take for the Chargers to get a ring?

Fans already have floaties tucked in underneath their jerseys—ready to go for when the Chargers choke. All the momentum is steering them towards the post-season. They must convert on the success of the past few weeks and bring a championship back home to San Diego.

There is more on the line than just their reputation. Unlike other teams, the Chargers have to prove to the city that they are a championship team, so they can score a new stadium. They need mend the broken hearts of the few fans they have left.

San Diego is made up of fair-weather fans. If the team doesn't shine brighter than the sun, their attention will shift the beach.