The San Diego Chargers squeaked into the playoffs and many “experts” wrote the Bolts off before the Wild Card game in Cincinnati. Considering the Bengals were undefeated at home this season and beat the Chargers in San Diego in Week 13, it is easy to see why these experts picked Cincinnati.
But the so-called experts failed to take into account that San Diego had the mentality of a playoff team for the final four weeks of the regular season.
Even after the game, most of discussion surrounding the outcome in national media has been how the Bengals lost and not how the Chargers won.
The 27-10 victory was one of the biggest wins in franchise history and several players can take credit for having a positive influence on the outcome.