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.