Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Diego Chargers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
It was a hard fought defensive battle all the way through but the Bengals came out victorious.
Cincinnati stays alive in its efforts to get back to the postseason in consecutive years.
For the Chargers, however, it is a different story.
With the team unable to finish above .500 this season, it could mark the end of the Norv Turner era in San Diego. The Chargers are a talented team, but seem to underachieve on a consistent basis. It will be interesting to see how it all shapes up toward the end of the season for the Bolts.
The Bengals and Chargers both provided valiant efforts in today's game. It was one of the more exciting games of the week and was decided in the final seconds of the game.
The Chargers held a 13-10 halftime lead in a defensive struggle.
Cincinnati roared back in the second half with 10 points of its own to beat the Bolts by a score of 20-13.
Neither quarterback in this contest played extremely well, however, the edge went to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton as he ran in a crucial touchdown when it mattered most.
Both defenses are to credit in this game as they held opposing offenses to numerous three-and-outs.
The Bengals were able to come away with the victory mainly because they won the field position battle throughout the game.
It seemed as this game would head into overtime when the Chargers drove down inside the Bengals red-zone with seconds left of the clock.
However, an errant pass by Philip Rivers was intercepted by Bengals safety Reggie Nelson to finish off the Bolts comeback bid.
All in all, this was a hard fought game by both teams during yet another very exciting week in the NFL.
Interception! Reggie Nelson! That will put the final nail in the coffin! This one goes to the Bengals!
What a great game. It came down to the last play and was hard fought by both teams.
Cincinnati will now take a knee and finish out the game.
It comes down to this! 4th-and-10 in the red-zone!
Bolts getting deeper into Bengals territory by the arm of Philip Rivers. They are now at the 17-yard line with 1:11 left in the game. This will be a photo finish!
Rivers gets a tough throw off to Alexander who is downed at midfield. The two-minute warning is upon us and this looks to be an amazing finish!
Rivers starts his drive with a dump-off to Brown which is good for 14-yards. The Chargers have plenty of time of the clock as well as two timeouts. There should not be any panic here.
The Chargers defense holds up strong, forcing a Bengals field goal attempt.
Nugent is good from 24 yards out giving the Bengals a 20-13 lead with 2:47 left in the game.
This next drive could mean everything for the Bolts.
The Bengals get to Rivers again!
Carlos Dunlap forces the fumble and gets the recovery for Cincinnati. This may be the biggest play of the game so far!
UPDATE: Bengals rookie corner Dre Kirkpatrick will not return as he has suffered a concussion.
Amazing play by Andy Dalton! A quarterback draw out of the shotgun for a 5-yard touchdown run.
The Bengals have taken the lead 17-13 over the Chargers with 4:11 left in the game!
Green-Ellis has been a workhorse for Cincinnati today has he has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for this third straight game.
Dalton takes the quarterack sneak for another Bengals first down. It seems as though there is some offense to be played yet today. The Bengals are slowly moving down the field and are now in field goal position.
Green-Ellis plunges ahead for a Bengals first down in Chargers territory. This is the most offense that this game has seen in quite some time now.
The very next play, Green-Ellis breaks off a huge run only to be called back by a Jermaine Gresham holding penalty.
Defense seems to rule all in this game as yet another three-and-out is forced!
The ensuing punt is not specacular as the Bengals will begin their next drive on their own 45-yard line.
The Chargers start from their own 10-yard line as one of these offenses look to try to get something going in this half.
The Chargers get pressure on Dalton almost forcing a sack as they take him down for no-gain on the play forcing yet another punt.
This game has become a struggle against field position.
Bengals fans hold their breath as their first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick is injured on the punt return.
The Bengals defense comes up huge in the beginning of the fourth quarter. They hold the Chargers to a three-and-out deep in their own territory.
This one looks like it's going to come down to the wire here!
A stout Chargers defense holds the Bengals to a three-and-out as they get set to punt it away again.
Beautiful special teams play by Cincinnati. Huber with a gorgeous punt that bounces at the Chargers 2-yard line and the gunners down it immediately.
Aside from the sack, the Chargers were penalized for a delay of game. That's 8 penalties for a total of 55 yards against the team today.
The penalty pushes the Bolts back too far as Novak can not connect from 54-yards out leaving the game 13-10 in favor of the Chargers.
Rivers goes down again!
This time it is Domata Peko, the Bengals defensive tackle busting through the line for the sack.
One of these teams really needs to step up to another level to break the stalemate. The big-play factor has been non-existent, thus far.
The turnover bug strikes Cincinnati again!
Gresham takes a screen pass from Dalton and coughs it up in front of three Chargers defenders.
Cincinnati lucks out with a roughing the passer penalty against former Bengal Takeo Spikes to keep their drive alive.
After the interception, the Chargers can't take advantage and have to punt it away.
Brandon Tate takes this return to the Bengals 38-yard line to set the Bengals up with nice field position yet again.
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