AFC West: rapid reaction afc wild card

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Would anybody want to play the San Diego Chargers right now?

At least until the Miami Dolphins, who have won five straight, play Sunday against Baltimore, the Chargers are the hottest team remaining in the AFC.

That's what happens in when you knock off the Indianapolis Colts.

In a wild overtime game, the Chargers dispatched the Colts, 23-17 in overtime, on a 22-yard touchdown run by Darren Sproles on a drive that was fueled by three Colts penalties. It was the second straight postseason in which the Chargers ended the Colts' season. San Diego won in Indianapolis in the divisional playoff round last season.

However, the Chargers won the game that counts the most and ends the Colts' winning streak at nine games.

The Chargers became the first team in NFL history to make the postseason after starting the season 4-8. The Chargers trailed Denver by three games in the AFC West with three games remaining.

Now the Chargers are the Super Bowl contender people expected them to be heading into the season.

San Diego will play at Tennessee next Saturday if Miami beats Baltimore. If the Ravens win at Miami, San Diego will play at Pittsburgh next Sunday.

With San Diego clicking in all three phases of the game, no one would want this team to come knocking.

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