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Chargers rally for 27-10 win over Bengals; face Denver next

Philip Rivers had only 128 yards passing, but this 4-yard TD pass to tight end Ladarius Green put the Chargers ahead for good.
Philip Rivers had only 128 yards passing, but this 4-yard TD pass to tight end Ladarius Green put the Chargers ahead for good.Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images

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CINCINNATI — Dump it off to the running back, hand it off, let the field goal kicker take it from there.

Philip Rivers didn’t have to do a whole lot to get a playoff win. Not with the way San Diego’s defense was dominating. And not with the way Andy Dalton was coming apart in the playoffs again.

The Chargers took advantage of Dalton’s three turnovers in the second half on Sunday, pulling away to a 27-10 victory that extended San Diego’s late-season surge and ended the Bengals’ season.

With Rivers making accurate throws in the chilling rain, the Chargers (10-7) won their fifth in a row, beating the last team that had knocked them off. They’ll play next Sunday in Denver, which has the AFC’s top seed.

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