PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : TODAY'S GAMES : Chargers Out to Make Playoffs

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The San Diego Chargers (8-7), who are on a four-game winning streak, can clinch a wild-card playoff berth by defeating the New York Giants (5-10) today at East Rutherford, N.J.

The Chargers are trying to avoid becoming the 15th team to make the Super Bowl one season and miss the playoffs the next. The Giants have done it twice, after victories in the 1987 and 1991 Super Bowls.

The Giants are finishing well, having beaten Arizona and Washington before losing, 21-20, to Dallas last Sunday on a last-second field goal.

Coach Dan Reeves, who led the Giants to the playoffs in his first season with an 11-5 record and just missed out last year after winning the final six games to go 9-7, has two years left on his contract. But there is much uncertainty whether he'll be back for a fourth season.

Reeves said he would like to know his status soon. "I don't think there would be an advantage to letting it draw out," he said.


The Detroit Lions, who have won six in a row, play at Tampa Bay today with the NFC Central title still a possibility. The Lions (9-6) can win the division and play host to a playoff game if they beat the Buccaneers (7-8) and Green Bay (10-5) loses to Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Lions have lost four of their last five games at Tampa Stadium. . . . The Packers announced they will give injured defensive end Reggie White Sunday off if Tampa Bay upsets Detroit. . . . The Indianapolis Colts (8-7) will clinch a wild-card berth with a victory over the New England Patriots (6-9) in a 5 p.m. (PST) game today at Indianapolis. The Colts will be seeking to sweep the Patriots for the first time since 1983.

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