San Diego Chargers ready for the divisional round

The San Diego Chargers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 in the wild card game on Sunday in Cincinnati. San Diego (#6 seed) was a 7 point underdog, but dominated the Bengals (#3 seed) in the 2nd half after trailing 10-7. This was the Chargers’ first playoff win since 2008. The loss by Cincinnati was their first at home all season; they were 8-0 coming in.

Solid play by QB Philip Rivers and RB Ryan Mathews, who didn’t play much in the 2nd half due to a sore ankle, led the Chargers. 3 INTS and 2 fumbles (1 lost) by Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton helped the Chargers’ cause.

Rivers finished 12 for 16 for 128 yards with 1 TD. San Diego ran for a total of 196 yards with Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Brown and Mathews all contributing.

SD has now won 5 straight and 6 of 7. During the win streak, Rivers has thrown only 2 INTS and 10 TDs with a completion rate of 68.3%.

The Chargers will travel to Denver to play the #1 seeded AFC West Champions on Sunday afternoon. The last time the two teams met, on December 12th in Denver, the Chargers beat the Broncos 27-20, to give the Broncos their first home loss this year.

The Chargers will be heavy underdogs in the AFC Divisional game and the Broncos will be coming off 2 weeks rest.

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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Suzie Engel

Born in Massachusetts, but moved to San Diego when I was 5. Split alliance between the Red Sox and Padres and Patriots and Chargers. Favorite Boston players were Carl Yastrzemski and John Havlicek. My grandparents lived in Worcester, MA next door to Bob Cousy. Favorite Padres were Kevin Brown and Steve Finley. College boyfriend at Penn was the school radio announcer for football and basketball games so I was his statistician and researcher and got in free for all games. E-mail questions to suzie.engel@gmail.com. Follow Suzie on twitter at @suzannebengel.
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