AFC Playoff Picture: Halftime Score In Chargers Vs. Raiders Could Help Bengals, Broncos

The San Diego Chargers may be on their way to throwing a monkey wrench in the AFC playoff race. They lead the Oakland Raiders 24-13 at halftime, and could give the two remaining playoff spots to teams that did not win in Week 17.

Philip Rivers has thrown for 171 yards and a touchdown at the half, and Richard Goodman has contributed a 105-yard kickoff return touchdown for the Chargers, and that's been enough to well outpace the Raiders, whose only touchdown was the first one of the game. Carson Palmer has thrown for 152 yards and a touchdown for Oakland.

But the weirdness comes in with what results holding might mean: Oakland, the Denver Broncos, and the Cincinnati Bengals are all trailing at halftime, and losses by all three would give the Broncos the AFC West title and the Bengals the AFC's No. 6 seed.

That could make the Tennessee Titans very mad: of the five teams — Cincinnati, Tennessee, Denver, Oakland, and the New York Jets — who had a chance to earn the No. 6 seed on Sunday, the Titans would be the only one to have won ... and would still miss the playoffs.

For more on the Raiders, head to Silver and Black Pride. For more on the Chargers, visit Bolts From the Blue. For more on the NFL, head to SB Nation's NFL hub and our Week 17 StoryStream.

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