Chargers Shut Down Bengals, Move To Take On Broncos - NFL Wild Card

Published: Jan 06, 2014 02:20am EST
By epolnoff, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 06, 2014 @ 02:20am EST


The Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) and the San Diego Chargers (9-7) met in week 13 this season and the Bengals pulled out a 17-10 win. Could Sunday be a repeat performance? The big question prior to Sunday’s game was “Which Andy Dalton do we get to see today?” And an answer was delivered in the form of two interceptions and a pair of fumbles.

While each team’s first drives were stifled, the Chargers chalked up the first points of the day with a 12-play, 86-yard drive, eating up 6 minutes and 56 seconds on the clock. The Bengals second drive also fell short, ending in a Zoltan Mesko punt. A San Diego holding penalty on the punt play pinned the Chargers back on their own 5-yard line. Rivers overthrew a wide-open WR Keenan Allen on 3rd and 2 to end the drive, forcing the Chargers to punt from their own 13-yard line.

Advantageous field position and a solid drive on the back of RB Giovanni Bernard led to Cincinnati’s only touchdown of the day; a 4-yard Andy Dalton pass to TE Jermaine Gresham.

In the 3rd quarter, with the Bengals in position to score, Chargers LB Donald Butler stripped the ball from Bernard after a short pass from Dalton. The fumble was recovered by CB Richard Marshall, denying the Bengals any points and keeping the game tied at 7-7. The officiating team reviewed the play and upheld the call on the field, giving San Diego possession of the ball.

Cincinnati was able to go up 10-7 just before halftime with a field goal from Mike Nugent. Unfortunately for the Bengals, there would be three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble keeping them from scoring any points for the remainder of the game.

The Chargers, however, would go on to score an additional 20 points in the 2nd half (TE Ladarius Green, 4-yard TD catch, RB Ronnie Brown 58-yard TD run, two K Nick Novak field goals) and close out their Wild Card game 27-10. San Diego now moves to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos (13-3) in Denver next Sunday.


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