Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterbackPhilip Rivers
(17) scrambles out of the pocket during second quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego Chargers 27, Cincinnati Bengals 10
Andy Dalton is going to get all the blame for this loss, and though I believe he deserves most of the bad press going his way from his play on Sunday, his offensive line did him zero favors against the Chargers.
Dalton even took a big hit on his lone TD pass, his first-ever postseason TD pass in three games in the second quarter.
I thought the Bengals would glide in this game, and again, I was wrong. (Maybe I should just stop predicting games, but where would the fun in that be?
Dalton was 29-of-51 for 334 yards with the one TD pass, two interceptions and lost one fumble. His counterpart for the Chargers, Philip Rivers, was 12-of-16 for 128 yards with one TD and no interceptions.
Turnovers killed the Bengals Sunday, by not only allowing them to gain no momentum, but they put their defense in awful situations and on the field way too much.
Add in the Chargers double-teaming AJ Green for most of the game (he was held to three receptions for 34 yards), and it was all but over for the Bengals.
Crazy stat of the day is the Bengals were 8-0 at home this season before this game.