Bengals host Chargers in first-round of NFL Playoffs


Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls plays at the line during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Round-2 of the Cincinnati Bengals vs. the San Diego Chargers will take place next week at Paul Brown Stadium in the NFL playoffs. The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills to keep Cincinnati locked-into the No. 3 seed, and after a lot of losses by potential playoff teams, the Chargers miraculously have made it into the postseason.

The Miami Dolphins’ loss coupled with the Bengals’ 34-7 drubbing of the Baltimore Ravens allowed the Chargers to get in after they outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-24 in overtime.

Not since Paul Brown was still the owner of the Bengals has the franchise tasted victory in the playoffs. The Bengals actually went into San Diego and beat the Chargers in a game controlled by the defense (stop me if you’ve heard that one before).

Cincinnati forced three turnovers and limited the Chargers to their lowest scoring output of the season during a 17-10 victory at Qualcomm Stadium that allowed the Bengals (8-4) to maintain their two-game lead in the AFC North, which they are now champions of.

The Bengals took a 14-7 lead late in the third quarter by taking advantage of busted coverage in the Chargers secondary, which left A.J. Green wide open over the middle to haul in Andy Dalton’s 21-yard TD pass to give the Bengals the lead for good.

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