A matchup made in heaven

As the only AFC team to clinch a postseason berth, the San Diego Chargers can't help but look ahead, albeit with trepidation.

A team can dream can't it? And when the team is being bandied about as the best in its conference, it can envision a Super Bowl trip, right?

So why not think of a worthy Super Bowl opponent?

Naturally, coach Marty Schottenheimer will have none of that, despite the Chargers clinching a playoff berth Sunday and owning the AFC's best record at 11-2.

But two of his top players are already speculating what it would mean to reach the Super Bowl, and be greeted there by a familiar face.

Anyone for Chargers-Saints in Miami, with New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees looking to stick it to his old team?

Maybe they could rename it the A.J. Smith Bowl as the Chargers would have a hand in both teams getting there. It was Smith who decided not to take a chance on Brees' injured shoulder, and the result was Brees landing in New Orleans and flipping the persona of that woeful squad.

While many in Chicago have reason to disagree, the Saints appear to be the class of the NFC.

So just ponder the possibility of the Bolts and Brees squaring off for the NFL title.

"That would be probably a very special moment," LaDainian Tomlinson said. "That's both of our goals; that was his goal when he was with us."

The Chargers' main goal is winning out. If they can sweep their final games against the Chiefs, at Seattle and Cardinals, they would secure home-field advantage in conference play.

And some think if the Chargers can stay home -- where they are 6-0 -- they will be leaving for Miami after the AFC Title Game.

To see Brees?

"Yeah that would be exciting if that was to happen, sure," Philip Rivers said. "But that is way too far away, too far down the road to talk about who we are playing.

"We got a long way to go and to talk about who we are playing -- we got a long way to go before we are even there. Kansas City is the only team we can worry about."


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