CARSON, Calif. — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers finished off another impressive home victory and quickly retreated to their locker room, hoping for good news that never came.
The Oakland Raiders trudged back to their locker room and got some dismaying news of their own: Coach Jack Del Rio had been fired at the close of a miserable season.
Rivers passed for 387 yards and three touchdowns, but the Chargers (9-7) missed out on a playoff berth despite their 30-10 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.
Amari Cooper caught an 87-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr, but the Raiders (6-10) gave their faithful LA fans little else to cheer. Moments after the game ended, owner Mark Davis fired Del Rio, who went 25-23 in three seasons.
Carr passed for 243 yards as the Raiders wrapped up their 14th nonwinning season in the past 15 years.
“It hurts,” Carr said. “This is a bond that you create and that’s a bond that is going to last. It hurts when something (bad) happens to someone you care about. We weren’t good enough for him.”
Bills 22, Dolphins 16: MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Buffalo snapped the longest current nonplayoff drought in North American pro sports. The Bills had not made the postseason since 1999.
Bengals 31, Ravens 27: BALTIMORE — The Ravens were ousted from the playoff hunt in stunning fashion when Andy Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left.
Steelers 28, Browns 24: PITTSBURGH — The Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16 when they failed to find a way to beat the backup-laden Steelers.
Titans 15, Jaguars 10: NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Oregon Duck Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown and used his legs to help the Titans end an eight-season playoff drought.
Falcons 22, Panthers 10: ATLANTA — Matt Bryant kicked five field goals as Atlanta clinched a playoff spot.
Vikings 23, Bears 10: MINNEAPOLIS — Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Vikings secure a first-round bye for the playoffs.
Patriots 26, Jets 6: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Dion Lewis ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass, helping New England clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.