(CINCINNATI) — The San Diego Chargers are headed to Denver next weekend after they shocked the Bengals with a 27-10 win on Sunday in the AFC Wild Card round.
The Bengals went 8-0 this season at home, but the Chargers defense stifled Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense in the second half.
Philip Rivers was 12 of 16 for 128 yards and threw a touchdown pass in the victory. His 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter gave the Chargers a 14-10 lead after he hit Ladarius Green in the end zone.
“You just find a way to win,” Rivers said after the game. “Playoff games aren’t meant to be pretty; it’s just find a way to win and we did that in all three phases today.”
Cincinnati went into halftime with a 10-0 lead, but Dalton had three turnovers in the second half and Ronnie Brown’s 58-yard touchdown run with 2:17 left put the dagger in any Bengals comeback.
“It’s disappointing,” Dalton said. “For all the good stuff that we did this year, to come out and not win this game, it hurts.”
The Bengals have now lost six straight playoff games which is the third longest in the NFL that spans 23 years.
Cincinnati dropped to 0-5 in the playoffs under Marvin Lewis.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN