Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Philip Rivers tossed for 128 yards and a touchdown to carry the San Diego Chargers to a 27-10 upset win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Rivers completed 12 of 16 passes while Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown rushed for a touchdown each as the Chargers earned a date with the No. 1 seed Denver Broncos in next Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round.
Denver was 1-1 against San Diego in the season series. The Broncos and Chargers have never played each other in the postseason.
Brown ran for 77 yards on eight carries, Woodhead tallied 54 yards on 15 rushes while Ladarius Green caught three passes for 34 yards and a score to help the No. 6 Chargers pull off the upset win over the No. 3 Bengals.
Andy Dalton completed 29 of 51 passes for 334 yards, 18 more than the Chargers, and a touchdown but doomed the Bengals’ chances after throwing three interceptions.
Marvin Jones caught eight passes for 130 yards while Giovani Bernard rushed for 45 yards on 12 carries for the AFC North champion Bengals, who ended their season in disappointing fashion as they were beaten at home for the first time this season.
Woodhead put the Chargers ahead with a five-yard scoring run in the first period but the Bengals responded with Dalton’s four-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham and a 46-yard field goal from Mike Nugent.
After that, it was all Chargers as Rivers put them ahead with a four-yard touchdown pass to Green before Nick Novak added a 25-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead.
In the fourth, Novak added a 23-yard field goal before Brown capped the win with a 58-yard scoring run with 2:17 remaining in the game.