Bengals season ends at hands of Chargers

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) wait for a call to be reviewed during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals dropped their first home game of the season today in the first-round of the NFL playoffs after a 27-10 defeat at the hand of the San Diego Chargers. The offense got off to a decent start in the first-half, out-gaining the Chargers by 104 yards, but only led 10-7 at halftime.

The third-quarter would ultimately decide the game. as San Diego scored 13 unanswered points, six of which coming off Andy Dalton turnovers (fumble, interception).

After falling behind 20-10 the Bengals would drive into San Diego territory, but Dalton threw his second pick of the day to linebacker Melvin Ingram, who actually missed the week 13 matchup due to a knee injury.

The Bengals defense continued to hold the Chargers offense at bay and give the offense ample opportunity to get back into the game, but the offensive line couldn’t hold up in pass-protection, and the run game was completely abandoned due to being behind double-digits.

The offense would drive into Chargers territory twice late in the fourth-quarter with a chance to cut into the 10-pint lead, but both times saw Dalton fire a pass incomplete on fourth-down. After a 58-yard TD run by Ronnie Brown in the closing minutes put the game out of reach, the Bengals succumbed to the Chargers by a 27-10 score.