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Bengals keep pace in the playoff hunt

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

The Chargers had a half time lead against the Bengals on Sunday and carried the lead all the way into the fourth quarter. Their chances of winning seemed pretty good as they continually thwarted the Bengals offense, forcing a pair of turnovers and keeping them from scoring after a second quarter field goal. Then everything went pear-shaped and the Bengals wound up winning the game 20-13 after scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter.

There wasn’t one big moment of implosion or failed fourth down defense this time for San Diego. It was just an overall failure of their offense to do anything in the second half. They went three-and-out four times, missed a long field goal and then saw Philip Rivers turn the ball over twice after the Bengals grabbed the lead. The first was a strip-sack by Carlos Dunlap, one of four Cincinnati sacks on the day, and the second was an interception in the end zone as Rivers tried to rally the team in the closing seconds.

Rivers was 10-of-25 in the second half for 94 yards, 47 of which came on that final last-ditch drive for a touchdown. The running game offered no help at all and the defense finally broke down on a nearly eight-minute drive that ended with Andy Dalton running in the go-ahead touchdown.

It wasn’t a great day for Dalton — 25-of-39 for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions — but BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran the ball very well and the Bengals used three drives of 10 or more plays to gain an edge in possession that they rode to the win. The victory keeps them right next to the Steelers in the race for a Wild Card spot in the AFC and it might come down to the Week 16 meeting between the teams to decide who advances to the postseason.

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22 Responses to “Bengals keep pace in the playoff hunt”
  1. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 2, 2012 7:47 PM

    If Phillip Rivers played Carson Palmer who would win ?

  2. egomaniac247 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:50 PM

    It’s all going to boil down to the Steelers vs Bengals. No other team in the AFC will be close and Indy is pretty much assured the other wildcard spot.

    Again the Bengals will be faced with having to beat the Steelers or Ravens in a game that matters.

  3. ilovefootball2525 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:50 PM

    How is Norv still their coach? Oh wait, I’m a Broncos fan….keep him….

  4. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:51 PM

    HA HA HA. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Today I’ll take lucky. WHO DEY!!!!!

  5. r8rh8r says: Dec 2, 2012 7:51 PM

    NORVED!!!

  6. The Shoeman says: Dec 2, 2012 7:54 PM

    You have just been ” NORV’ED ” . . . again !

    Go Bengals.

  7. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM

    Wow, Philip Rivers is really terrible . Time for SD to draft a new QB

  8. voyager6 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM

    Third quarter has been a problem for Bengals this year. Usually on defense, but offense, too.

  9. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    Stick a fork in the Chargers, they are DONE!

  10. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 2, 2012 8:07 PM

    Where is that “brilliant, elite” Philip Rivers people keep telling me about? I’ve yet to see him be ‘brilliant’ for more than an occasional drive much less consistently enough to earn the ‘elite’ tag.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:09 PM

    Can’t blame Norv. Blame Rivers’ inability to make a simple throw — which he did not do in about seven instances in the 3 quarters that I watched. Most of them on 3rd down in the 2nd half, with 1st down almost a gimme in all but one of them. You can say Norv this, Norv that, but Rivers is playing horrible football with INTs and strip sacks every week.

  12. truthfactory says: Dec 2, 2012 8:12 PM

    The Chargers need to show a good faith effort that they even care about these collapses and fire Norv Turner Immediately. They cannot have him as their head coach and expect to be taken seriously and expect fans to buy tickets.

  13. sellout3871 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:15 PM

    2012 Bengals: Relevant

  14. whodeytn says: Dec 2, 2012 9:49 PM

    Big win! Too bad the Ravens choked!

  15. ken14andersonforhof says: Dec 2, 2012 10:31 PM

    who dey!! weeks 15 and 16 pitt and balt could be very interesting…they need to prove nay sayers wrong,,this is the year!!WHO DEY!!

  16. trollhammer20 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:40 PM

    It’s one thing to be, say, the Dolphins, and see Tannehill struggle at times, because, hey, he’s a rookie. Rookies have a lot of time to learn and improve.

    If you’re a Chargers fan, though, and your QB is Philip Rivers, a nine-year veteran who should be in the prime of his career, you have to wonder where the room for improvement is.

  17. radrntn says: Dec 3, 2012 12:57 AM

    well it use to be fun to talk smack to chiefs and chargers fans, but this season strait up sucks for the afc west…..except for mules, maybe peyton is worth 20 million per.

  18. dasmol says: Dec 3, 2012 1:00 AM

    Rivers was running for his life the entire game. He ‘ran’ for two first downs. Rivers running tells you how bad it was. It was bad.

  19. CKL says: Dec 3, 2012 1:34 AM

    SD’s OL is in shambles but Rivers often, shockingly, makes bad plays worse. He now has 11 4th Q turnovers THIS YEAR and leads all players in the NFL in turnovers since the beginning of 2011. It’s stunning.
    SD is good for almost as many lols as the NYJ and that’s saying something.

  20. jody46 says: Dec 3, 2012 5:23 AM

    If the Bengals try to get in the playoffs are the pittsburgh Steelers going to take our QB out again on the first play like last time only its not Palmer but Dalton this time. For the Pittsburgh fans who say he didn’t mean to hurt him at all or take him out it doesn’t matter he did and it was the end of our playoff run and steelers are known to be dirty.It might of been dirty or really crappy luck but either way the steelers would of gotten beaten that day with a healthy palmer. oh sorry in my opinion. :) really not to be taken nasty. Just saying I think we would of won

  21. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2012 5:52 AM

    sellout3871 says:
    Dec 2, 2012 8:15 PM
    2012 Bengals: Relevant
    ***************************************************
    You keep telling yourself that.

    People that know better will wait until they beat a team in a big game.

  22. sellout3871 says: Dec 3, 2012 6:34 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 3, 2012 5:52 AM
    sellout3871 says:
    Dec 2, 2012 8:15 PM
    2012 Bengals: Relevant
    ***************************************************
    You keep telling yourself that.

    People that know better will wait until they beat a team in a big game.
    ____________________________________

    …people that know better….people like you…right.

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