Bengals deal spiraling Chargers fourth straight loss

7:45 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton shook off two interceptions by capping a lengthy scoring drive with a go-ahead touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as the Cincinnati Bengals escaped Qualcomm Stadium with a 20-13 win over the struggling San Diego Chargers.

For the fourth time this season, the Chargers blew a fourth-quarter lead, as Dalton culminated a 14-play, 55-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard plunge over the goal line for a 17-13 lead.

Philip Rivers fumbled deep in his own territory on the ensuing possession and threw an interception in the end zone in the final minute to seal the Chargers' (4-8) fourth consecutive loss.

Cincinnati (7-5) stayed in the AFC playoff hunt by running its winning streak to four games. Dalton finished with 211 yards and a touchdown on 25-of-39 attempts, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis reached the century mark on the ground for the third straight week, gaining 118 yards on 25 carries.

Rivers started strong but completed just 26-of-48 passes for 280 yards. Demorrio Williams scored San Diego's lone touchdown on an interception return.

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