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Chargers top Bengals in AFC battle

Playing just three days after the death of their teammate Chris Henry, the Cincinnati Bengals put on a valiant effort in a tough game against the San Diego Chargers.

But the Chargers ultimately gutted out a hard-fought 27-24 win, with Nate Kaeding kicking a 52-yard field goal with three seconds left.

It was a game in which both quarterbacks put up big numbers: Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer completed 27 of 40 passes for 314 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, while San Diego’s Philip Rivers completed 24 of 38 passes for 308 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bengals fell to 9-5 and failed again to clinch the AFC North, while the Chargers improved to 11-3 and are now on a nine-game winning streak. San Diego is also on a 17-game winning streak in December, going back to 2006.

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28 Responses to “Chargers top Bengals in AFC battle”
  1. 1IH says: Dec 20, 2009 8:01 PM

    Good Game overall but definitely alot of holding calls that the REFS refused to call.
    Here is a quick video of just 6 of them.

    Nice video of Vincent Jackson on his article also.

  2. nfloco says: Dec 20, 2009 8:04 PM

    That was one of the best games I have EVER enjoyed. The NFL is the best entertainment in sports without question.

  3. OHbuckeyesIO says: Dec 20, 2009 8:23 PM

    As Tony Dungy rightly pointed out, with 26 secs left when the Chargers went to spike the ball, LT came in from Sproles and lined up as a WR. He didn’t go into the field past the numbers, which is a penalty.
    Should have been a 5 yd penalty and a 10 second clock runoff.
    Refs gave SD the game.

  4. pueblan says: Dec 20, 2009 9:04 PM

    You, OHbuckeyesIO, are a joke.
    What about no penalty being called on the Bengals player who tackled Jammer by his facemask after Palmer’s interception in the third quarter?
    What about no penalty being called on Cedric Benson for punching Steve Gregory in the head?
    What about no penalty being called on Jonathan Joseph for hitting Malcolm Floyd helmet to helmet in the first quarter, giving him a bloodied mouth, and causing him to miss a quarter?
    Go cry to your mother; what you’re bringing is weak.

  5. sportsindex says: Dec 20, 2009 9:17 PM

    Great game by so many Charger players. Rivers (although one of those INT’s was a fluke), Gates, VJ and Kaeding! Nate the Great came through! Check out these great post game interviews with both WR Vincent Jackson and K Nate Kaeding following the awesome last second win!

  6. BengalsDouche2 says: Dec 20, 2009 9:17 PM

    Yeah we got called all damn day on penalties but SD got away with a shit load. Hey SD, you can thank the refs (and Leon Hall) for that game.

  7. Big Daddy_71 says: Dec 20, 2009 9:19 PM

    “Refs gave SD the game.”
    Yeah, because of that one call the Bengals lost the game.
    Maybe the Bengals defense letting the Chargers go 46 yards in 55 seconds with no timeouts had something to do with it.

  8. johnnydom says: Dec 20, 2009 9:23 PM

    The refs hate the Ben-Gals and wanted no celebrations from Ochoflakeo.
    Anyway nice tribute to a fallen fiancee abuser I mean teammate, by losing.

  9. whodey says: Dec 20, 2009 9:28 PM

    NFL needs full-time competent officials. SD should have been penalized for LT’s failure to report on field. Would have been a 5 yd penalty and 10-sec runoff. Once again, NFL let officials determine outcome of a game rather than the players on the field.

  10. bigbolt says: Dec 20, 2009 9:40 PM

    Yeah, because the refs made a great call on that 3rd and 8 deep in Cincy territory when Cincy’s OG flinched really bad and they called Merriman for offsides.
    Winners win, and losers make excuses. Deal with it.

  11. econ0003 says: Dec 20, 2009 9:55 PM

    @OHBuckeyesIO – the Chargers still have enough time for a pass and a field goal attempt. It only took 4 seconds for the last pass that got them in field goal range.
    The Bengals lost. Get over it.

  12. Sourdough says: Dec 20, 2009 10:08 PM

    Sour grapes OHbuckeyesIO.

  13. dowhat says: Dec 20, 2009 10:20 PM

    Winners win? The Chargers have the same amount of rings that the Bungles do……………

  14. pdxbolt4life says: Dec 20, 2009 10:21 PM

    quit ur bitching buckeye…or get ready for more…the ducks are gonna stomp ur ass in the rose bowl!!!

  15. luvactionjackson says: Dec 20, 2009 10:39 PM

    Both teams got screwed on calls today. But the CHARGERS won, so get over it Bengals fans. Your fans are a bunch of whiners.

  16. thecrazytomato says: Dec 20, 2009 10:43 PM

    The officiating sucked for both teams on this one. I am a Bengals fan and I would say that S.D got screwed more than the Bengals did.

  17. dave says: Dec 20, 2009 11:26 PM

    thanks for keeping it real crazytomato
    the non call on the hold of gates when the bengals db pulled his shoulder pad out of his jersey was so ridiculous, and that punch by cedric benson….he’ll catch a fine for that one

  18. HughJassPhD says: Dec 20, 2009 11:45 PM

    Looks like the Bengals blew their load in Pittsburgh. One & done?

  19. WhoPlaysWhere says: Dec 21, 2009 12:12 AM

    Keep yapping Chargers fans……we all your team folds up shop after Christmas.
    Count rings, not your wins in December.
    Enjoy your tailgating Lox and Red wine at your playoff game, there will only be one.

  20. dustyschmidt22 says: Dec 21, 2009 12:45 AM

    refs were bad (but they have been awful, across the board, all year), they missed a lot of calls on both sides, so you cant blame them for this one. cincy shot themselves in the foot once again with stupid penalties and piss poor clock management. weve had penalty issues since the preseason and there has been zero progress in cleaning them up. weve had clock management issues since, well as long as marvin has been here and as long as bratkowsky has been calling the plays.

  21. ilivincin97 says: Dec 21, 2009 9:15 AM

    dave says:
    December 20, 2009 11:26 PM
    thanks for keeping it real crazytomato
    the non call on the hold of gates when the bengals db pulled his shoulder pad out of his jersey was so ridiculous, and that punch by cedric benson….he’ll catch a fine for that one
    That was not a punch, it was a bit of a slap that the guy made look more than it was. The play of the day was the freak 20 yard fumble, I mean, what the hell was that? That turned a game winning TD drive into a chance for SD to drive to a field goal, which happened. They may get a chance to meet again, can’t wait.

  22. dave says: Dec 21, 2009 9:51 AM

    yeah ili that hurt cincy big time, i give credit to palmer for saving the bacon on that play, could have easily been 31-21 if he lets a charger get to that ball first

  23. goetta-head says: Dec 21, 2009 10:57 AM

    I just really really hope we met again in the playoffs because I think the Bengals are better. Great game overall tho

  24. dustyschmidt22 says: Dec 21, 2009 11:04 AM

    SD got screwed a few times, but the missed call on the last drive could have cost the game. im not a fan of blaming the refs like raven fans, if you play well enough you dont need any help from the refs.

  25. BengalsDouche2 says: Dec 21, 2009 11:37 AM

    Cedric hit the guy b/c he hit him after the ball was 10 yards past him. the guy shouldn’t have hit him late like that. the refs didn’t call ced’s hit b/c they knew the other guy instigated it. i like that non-call there. SD was holding all day long. did they even get called for it? i don’t remember one. but yeah, the refs were definitely out for SD.

  26. escoboltsfan says: Dec 21, 2009 5:02 PM

    the refs were awful in this game. this game wouldn’t have been close if the game was called fairly. great win for the bolts!

  27. PB808 says: Dec 23, 2009 6:30 AM

    OK, take five yards away from SD on that drive. Kaeding’s FG would have been good from 60 yards anyway.

  28. PB808 says: Dec 24, 2009 6:00 AM

    BTW, to correct OHBuckeyesIO’s whining, the penalty WOULD NOT have run 10 seconds off the clock. And it was a spike play, LT’s lining up outside the numbers had ZERO EFFECT on the gameplay (unlike holding Gates’ jersey to the point where his shoulder pad popped out of his jersey.
    If you’re the type of person who wants the game to be decided by officials calling penalties on technicalities in crunch time, you can take five yards away from the Bolts and not run 10 seconds off the clock. If you’re the type of person who wants the athletes’ play to decide the game, you’ll admit you’re wrong.

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