(KGTV) For 51 years, the San Diego Chargers tried and failed to win a Super Bowl title. The Los Angeles Chargers hope the second time’s the charm.
For the first time since their departure from San Diego, the Chargers are in the NFL playoffs. The team is four wins away from earning a Super Bowl title in just their second season in Los Angeles.
After leading his team to a 12-4 record in the regular season, quarterback Philip Rivers will make his first appearance in the playoffs in five years when the Chargers visit the AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The game is a rematch of Baltimore’s 22-10 regular season win over the Chargers in Carson on December 22nd.
Despite the recent familiarity, Rivers says the postseason is a different animal.
“Each game is new. Each game is a new season. Everyone starts 0-0.”
Head coaches are certainly studying the game tape from last month, but both Anthony Lynn of the Chargers and John Harbaugh of the Ravens are expecting plenty of new wrinkles from their opponent.
“We saw each other recently,” Harbaugh admits, “but you still have to figue out what’s next.”
Lynn says both teams are operating under similar circumstances, so it’s neither an advantage nor disadvantage. “I think this game comes down to who executes the best.”
Sunday’s Wild Card round matchup kicks off at 10:00am at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The winner advances to face either the Kansas City Chiefs or New England Patriots in a road game in the Divisonal round.
The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday when the Indianpolis Colts visit the Houston Texans in an AFC South rematch. You can watch that game beginning at 1:30pm on ABC-10.