The San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers are coming off impressive wins - one against a potential playoff team and the other against a division champion.
Those victories just came a little too late.
San Diego may enter Sunday still clinging to the slimmest hopes for a playoff berth as it hosts Carolina, which has already been eliminated.
The Chargers (5-8) lost four straight before last Sunday's 34-24 win in Pittsburgh, their first victory against a team with a winning record. It also extended their playoff chances at least a few days, though one more loss - or a Cincinnati win Thursday against Philadelphia - officially eliminates them from contention.
To go 8-8 and avoid the team's first losing season since 2003, San Diego will need to win its final three games - not impossible with contests against the Jets and Raiders remaining. But 8-8 may not buy coach Norv Turner another year as it did last season, when the Chargers finished 4-1 to end up .500.
In his sixth an...