Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. pumped his fist while bouncing in a Santa hat

as head coach Brandon Staley put his arm around owner Dean Spanos and presented him with a game ball.

"I've been hoping to give him a game ball since I got here," Staley hollered. "He's been patient.

He's invested in this team. He's brought all of us together ... game ball, playoff appearance -- Dean Spanos."

Spanos, Staley and the Bolts had plenty to celebrate in the visitor's locker room at Lucas Oil Field 

For the first time since 2018, the Chargers will return to the postseason, having clinched a

playoff berth after improving to 9-6, with two games remaining in the regular season.

"I'm not good at making speeches, but I'm so proud of all you guys," Spanos said as players whooped.

"I know we've got a little ways to go, but we're starting on a good leg right now so let's do it."