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Bengals News (12/10): Cincinnati can’t finish off the upset

The Bengals played a close game against the Chargers, but they were unable to get a win or salvage a winning season.

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Postgame Quotes: Week 14 Chargers
The decisions I made today didn’t work out for [us]. We didn’t get to make the break and it seemed like this-or-that decisions today. Put us in the situation whether it’s fourth down when they make a stop. The two-point conversion, so forth. We didn’t get to make the breaks. Our guys who settled down on defense did a better job. I though offensively we set out to run the football early in the game. Did a nice job.

Quick Hits: Players Like Gambles; Defense Mans Up; Joltin' Joe Gets His Most Work
CARSON, Calif. - Head coach Marvin Lewis rolled the dice throughout Sunday’s wrenching 26-21 loss to the heavily-favored Chargers and the players had his back after the failed fourth-and-one from their own 35 on the first series of the second half.

Chargers Avoid Shock from Bengals
Left for dead by the oddsmakers, they gambled all day long while putting the ball in the hands of bell-cow Joe Mixon and gutted out a terrific effort against the heavily-favored Chargers that saw them cut the lead to 23-21 with 1:50 left on Mixon’s one-yard touchdown run to give him 111 yards on 26 carries.

Dennard, Nickerson Move Into Lineup Vs. Chargers
Left guard Clint Boling made his second straight start at left tackle for the injured Cordy Glenn (back), slot corner Darqueze Dennard took over for the injured Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) in his first start on the outside and his seventh of the season and Hardy Nickerson came off the bench to make his fourth start of the year for the sidelined Vontaze Burfict (concussion).

Rule change negated Jeff Driskel TD in Bengals loss to Chargers
CARSON, Calif. – Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel said he was unaware of a rule change instituted this season to help protect players, especially quarterbacks, who dive head first.

Paul Daugherty on Los Angeles Chargers beating Cincinnati Bengals
CARSON, Cal. – This time of year in this kind of seasons brings out the cynic in all of you. A Bengals loss is not as inevitable as your wishing for one. Admit it. Your thinking is, every Bengals L is another stick of furniture in the Marvin moving van. It doesn’t often work that way in Bengaldom, but that’s never stopped you from supposing.

Slump continues: Bengals drop 5 straight in 26-21 loss to Chargers
Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals - including a team-record 59-yarder - as the Los Angeles Chargers held off the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 on Sunday.

Bengals fall to cellar in AFC North with loss, Browns victory
The Cincinnati Bengals, after an AFC North-leading 4-1 start, have dropped to last in the division following Cleveland’s win over Carolina.

Quick Observations from the 26-21 Win over the Cincinnati Bengals
Offense: Keenan Allen – Week after week, Keenan Allen continues to make plays and he came up big again in the win. He finished the game five of nine for 78 yards and a touchdown, the opening score of the game. His longest catch went for 37, where he extended to make the grab. The catch was the opening play of a drive that ended in a 32-yard Chargers field goal. In the game, Allen also hit the 1,000-receiving yard mark on the season – the third time the wideout has done that in his career.

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