The Padres eliminated the Dodgers at Petco Park over the weekend, sending San Diego into something of a city-wide party.

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That was, after all, the hurdle they'd been waiting to clear for the last decade.

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But their reward for beating L.A. was a date with Philadelphia in the National League Championship Series -- a particularly dangerous proposition.

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The Phillies, like the Padres, entered the NLCS red-hot, having vanquished a rival and having set their rotation.

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In Game 1 of the NLCS, the Padres simply couldn't solve Zack Wheeler in a dispiriting 2-0 loss at Petco Park on Tuesday night.

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And suddenly, the Padres find themselves where they've spent most of the season: in a fight for their playoff lives.

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They had to battle their way into the postseason. They went the distance in a Wild Card Series against the Mets.

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They dropped the opener against the Dodgers, then won three straight.

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