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What does Chargers-Raiders mean for AFC standings in Week 18

The LA Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders in Vegas in Week 18. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

A general view of the playing field at Allegiant Stadium after a news conference announcing that the enclosed venue will host the 2024 Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on December 15, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

Sunday PM update: A tie would have gotten both the Raiders and Chargers into the playoffs, but the Raiders decided to go for the win and Daniel Carlson nailed a field goal to win it and send the Chargers on vacation. The Raiders will take on the Bengals in the Wild Card round on Saturday.

Sunday update: The Raiders almost got into the playoffs without doing anything, as the Colts lost to the Jaguars, but they needed the Steelers to lose to the Ravens, which they didn’t. The winner of this game gets into the playoffs while the loser is out. If they end up tying, both teams get in.

The Las Vegas Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football to close out Week 18 and it is the biggest game of the weekend. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC and the Chargers are a three-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

There are plenty of playoff implications across Sunday’s slate, but this is the one game where it could be winner gets into the playoffs and the loser heads home. They are currently tied at 9-7 with the Chargers holding the final playoff berth and the Raiders sitting in eighth.

The Chargers can only reach the playoffs with a win or tie. The Raiders get in with a win, but if they lose, they can still get in with a Colts loss and a Steelers loss or tie. Las Vegas can also get in with a tie if the Colts lose. This sets up a potentially interesting situation in which if the Colts lose, the Raiders and Chargers would both get in if they finish in a tie.