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Chargers score 20 unanswered points to upset Bengals

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Cincinnati, OH (.com) - The Chargers snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season with a little help from the Bengals, and San Diego unabashedly gave thanks by continuing Cincinnati's postseason misery on Sunday.

Philip Rivers played mistake-free ball and the plucky Chargers took advantage of three second-half turnovers from Andy Dalton to knock off the favored Bengals, 27-10, in the Wild Card Round of the AFC playoffs.

Dalton got sloppy when a mix of rain and snow began falling at Paul Brown Stadium, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble that the Bengals, who have not won a postseason game since 1991, couldn't overcome.

It was the first loss at home by Cincinnati the entire season.

Rivers threw for a modest 128 yards but tossed a go-ahead touchdown pass to Ladarius Green in the third quarter. The Chargers scored the game's final 20 points and shut down star receiver A.J. Green to earn a trip to Denver next Sunday to face the top-seeded Broncos.

January 5, 2014, at 04:23 PM ET
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