Bengals season ends at hands of Chargers

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) after making a catch during second quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) after making a catch during second quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest complaint to come out of this game will be the play of Andy Dalton, who once again played poorly in a playoff game and is now 0-3 in the postseason. He also failed to get the ball to A.J. Green, who finished the game with just three catches for 34 yards but was targeted eight times.

Either way, the Bengals season is over after a lot of promise was shown at times, but ultimately, it’s hard to fault this team too much given the amount of injuries they overcame just to win what turned out to be pretty mediocre AFC North division.

Who knows what the offseason holds or what changes will be made among the players and coaching staff, but you still  can’t argue this team has a lot of potential when their key guys are healthy.

If Pro Bowlers Geno Atkins and Leon Hall can return to form in 2014 to go with an offense full of young and promising players that will only continue to grow, this team should get right back into the playoffs next year.

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  • Hkess18

    Another playoff loss at the hands of Dalton and company, despite all the talent around him. When it counts he clearly cannot be counted on and the game plan from Gruden was not there either. I can only hope the Bungels look at the quarterback position in the offseason and don’t give Dalton an extension until he proves he can win when it counts.

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