The Cincinnati Bengals came into this week needing a win to keep the Baltimore Ravens at bay in the AFC North, and a loss today against the San Diego Chargers would cut their lead in the division to just one game with four left in the season.
It looked as though the Bengals had a win wrapped-up with under eight minutes left in the game, but disaster struck on a third-and-1 run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis at the SD-25. He appeared to have a wide-open hole up the middle for an easy conversion, but just as he passed the line to gain, strong safety Marcus Gilchrist delivered a devastating shot that jarred the ball from Green-Ellis, and free safety Eric Weddle recovered the fumble and returned it 27 yards to the SD-43.
After the Chargers were able to drive down to the CIN-30, the defense stiffened and Nick Novak would come in and boot a 49-yard field goal to cut the Bengals lead to just 17-10 with 4:44 left in the game. It was now on the offenses’ shoulders to run-out the clock and put this win on ice.