The Chargers' first clinched a playoff berth since the 2018 season

The Bolts will make the playoffs. 
 The Chargers clinched a spot in the AFC postseason field with a win  against the Colts on Monday night. 

 The Chargers, who will become a Wild Card team,  secured their spot in Week 16 with losses to  the Jets, Patriots and Raiders. 
 Chargers head coach Brandon Staley has now led the Bolts to the postseason for the first time  at the helm. And the Bolts are in the finals for the third time under the general manager of Chargers  Tom Telesco. 

 bolts for the first time since 2018 in the postseason. 
 Only six players remain  from this team: Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa, Michael Davis, Austin Ekeler, Derwin James Jr. and Mike Williams. 

 Entering Week 17, the Chargers -- who have won three straight -- are 9-6 and could still land any of the three Wild Card spots over the No. 5, 6 or 7 seeds. 
 The Bolts have two regular season games remaining, a Week 17 home game against the Rams, followed by the season finale in Denver. 

 But the Chargers now know their season won't end in Week 18. 
 playoff football is on the horizon. 
 Los Angeles has officially ended its playoff drought. 

 With a 20-3 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, the Los Angeles Chargers made a bid to clinch the AFC wild card spot after some lucrative Week 16 results. 

 losses to the New York Jets, New England Patriots and perhaps most fittingly the Las Vegas Raiders put the Chargers in a battle with the Colts and now they will soon be playing on the road during Super Wild Card weekend. 

 Entering the playoffs for the first time since 2018, the Chargers (9-6) continued their second three-game winning streak of the 2022 season to get there. It will be the Chargers' first postseason appearance under second-year head coach Brandon Staley and  star quarterback Justin Herbert,  the No. 1 overall pick. 

 "I think it's just the beginning. It's not our final destination, hopefully we're at. that point," Staley said in the  postgame press conference about making the playoffs. "I'm very proud of how this season went for our football team and what we showed going into the postseason. I'm probably the most proud of it, not just that I was a part of it, but how we did what we had to do to get in." But it's just the beginning for us." 

 The Chargers will play in mid-January, despite missing some starters this season due to injury, but it's possible that  Joey Bosa (groin) and left tackle Rashawn Slater (biceps). now return if L.A. clinches his wild card spot. 

 "It's going to be  fun," Herbert said of  the playoffs. "I'm excited to be in this atmosphere and  have the opportunity to continue playing football. " 

 Staley's team is used to a win or go scenario, though not  after posting back-to-back winning seasons. The Chargers have a win or tie in  Week 18  to make the 2021 playoffs, but lost to the rival Raiders in  overtime -thriller. 

 in the AFC is one more wild card spot  after L.A. punched its ticket Monday night, and there is one more near-playoff game before the run.end of the episode. 

 The Miami Dolphins (8-7) are currently 7-8 in front of five teams: Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. With the Titans and Jaguars aiming for the AFC South title, the Dolphins-Patriots showdown in Week 17  marks the first domino to fall in the remaining wild-card drawing.

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