4 takeaways from Ravens' 22-10 win over Chargers

4 takeaways from Ravens' 22-10 win over Chargers

Not only do both teams need a win in order to make the playoffs, but there is a chance this game's victor features the final Wild Card holder in the AFC. The Patriots need to win and get some help to clinch the division this week.

With the loss, the Ravens now lead the AFC North and the Indianapolis Colts are in the sixth and final playoff spot, with the Titans right behind them due to a superior conference record. On the ensuing drive, the Steelers marched down the field, but a JuJu Smith-Schuster fumble sealed their fate and knocked them to the bottom of the AFC playoff picture.

Simply put, if the Chiefs beat the Seattle Seahawks (8-5) next week and the Oakland Raiders (3-10) in two weeks, they will be AFC West champions and the top seed in the AFC.

Finally, the sixth seed now belongs to the Ravens, but could conceivably go to the Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts (7-6) or Tennessee Titans (7-6).

Pittsburgh is a game out of the wild-card race.

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Of the two, Indianapolis now holds the final wildcard spot and it will be a winner-takes-all showdown when they clash in Tennessee next week.

If the Houston Texans lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17, the victor of the matchup between Tennessee and Indianapolis will become the AFC South champion. They can only get the No.6 seed if they win and the Colts and Titans play to a tie.

The New Orleans Saints secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after beating the Steelers 31-28 and improving to 13-2.

Either the Chargers or Chiefs will occupy a Wild Card spot, leaving one Wild Card spot up for grabs. Minnesota has a half-game lead over Philadelphia. But even if the Texans defeat the Jaguars, the Colts can earn a Wild Card berth with a win over Tennessee.

The Vikings, Ravens, Colts and Titans all control their own playoff destiny.

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