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Monday, December 23, 2013
Morning Links: Chargers' playoff chances

By Eric D. Williams

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. Bill Barnwell of Grantland calculates the San Diego Chargers’ chances of making the playoffs in the final week of the season at 11.5 percent.

You can view playoff scenarios for each team still in the hunt here.

If the draft were today, the Chargers would pick No. 20.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Chargers a B-plus grade for the team’s performance against Oakland. Brinson: “San Diego struggled early but Philip Rivers came on strong in the second half. Ryan Mathews keeps establishing himself as a legit feature back. The defense shut down the Raiders in the second half and San Diego keeps their playoff hopes alive.”

Peter King of Sports Illustrated places the Chargers at No. 12 in his Fine Fifteen. King: “Road wins over Kansas City and Denver in the last month, and the feeling that you do not want to face Philip Rivers (69.7 percent passing, 29-10 touchdown-to-interception differential) in January.”

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says the Chargers could be a team of fate.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks to Eric Weddle about his acrobatic interception.