Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/12/12
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 and possib...
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