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If a pair of upsets happen in the AFC this weekend, the NFL would be, well, upset. 


The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the better teams in their conference this season, but their ticket sales would tell you otherwise. They finished dead last in average attendance last season mostly due to the limited seating at Dignity Health Sports Park. They've packed out their house this year, but having only 30,000 fans in a stadium isn't exactly what the league is looking for.


If the ​Chargers manage to upset the Patriots and the underdog ​Colts beat the Chiefs in Kansas City, the Chargers would be the highest seed left in the AFC and would be awarded a home game for the AFC Championship game. 


But they still might not get to play on their home field, as the NFL is considering moving the AFC title game to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the home of the Los Angeles Rams, if the Chargers are the top seed remaining in the AFC when all is said and done this weekend. 

It's still in their backyard, but it's not home.

This isn't a new idea as the league had these discussions during the regular season when the Chargers had a chance at not only winning the division, but having home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. It might feel a little presumptuous to even speak about this given ​Philip Rivers' winless record against Tom Brady in his career. But the league has to think of every possible scenario.

The NFL might run into some trouble if the two LA teams have to host games in Los Angeles next weekend. If the Rams and the Chargers both have home-field advantage in their respective title games, there's the potential that one would be played on Sunday while the other would be the following night on Monday. This scenario is a long shot, as both No. 1 seeds would have to lose, but it could happen.

It looks like the NFL only cares about dollar signs at this point, but you better believe they'd like these teams to take this potential scheduling issue out of their hands.


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