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Christmas eve eve!!!! I got a holiday today and hope you all got one too!

The San Diego Chargers, the darlings of December, have saved their best football for the season’s final month and once again are vying for the playoffs because of it.

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson sat out Wednesday’s practice due to a mild groin injury that he picked up during Sunday’s 34-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson had three receptions for 84 yards in the game. The team did not disclose the injury at that point, CBSSports.com notes.

As we get older, we are supposed to get wiser. And no, I’m not waxing poetic just because today’s my birthday. I’m referring to the San Diego Chargers’ yearly season script. It’s fairly rudimentary, but exceptionally frustrating for Chargers fans: fall into an early season hole, put together a winning streak, inspire hope while looking like a Super Bowl contender in December and then choke in the playoffs — or miss them entirely.

The good thing is the Chargers have lit up the scoreboard the last three games and as a fantasy owner you can count on that continuing for one more week. Two of the top offenses in the NFL are going at it on Christmas Eve, and it’s sure to be a shootout.

For nearly a dozen years since then, Detroit hasn’t made the playoffs. Most seasons, the Lions haven’t even been in contention. The low point was an 0-16 season in 2008 — but on Saturday, Detroit can put all that firmly in the past with a victory that would clinch a spot in the postseason. The opponent? A San Diego team making its own desperate push for the playoffs.

This season has provided a different challenge for Rivers, who lost the two Pro Bowlers who protect his blind side: left tackle Marcus McNeill and left guard Kris Dielman.

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