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Rivers, Badgley lead Chargers to 26-21 win over Bengals

CARSON, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers had every reason to be susceptible to a trap game against Cincinnati.

The Chargers were coming off an emotional, come-from-behind victory against Pittsburgh last Sunday and a key AFC West showdown at Kansas City was fast approaching.

Sunday's 26-21 victory over the Bengals was not one of Los Angeles' best-played games of the season, but it does improve the record to 10-3 going into Thursday night's game against the 11-2 Chiefs for the division lead.

''Everyone wanted to talk about Pittsburgh and if it wasn't Pittsburgh then it was Kansas City. This team was dangerous and we got out of there with a win,'' Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.

The Chargers scored touchdowns on their first two drives and then got four field goals from Michael Badgley - including a team-record 59-yarder - to deal the Bengals (5-8) their fifth straight loss.

''We did enough to win. Shoot, they all count the same. We found a way to win, in a different way,'' said Philip Rivers, who was 19 of 29 for 220 yards and a touchdown.

The Chargers had 160 yards of offense on their first two drives - which ended in a Keenan Allen 14-yard TD catch and 5-yard score by Austin Ekeler - but had 128 the remainder of the game. Three of the last eight drives started at or inside the Chargers 7.

Ekeler rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries with Melvin Gordon missing his second straight game due to a knee injury. Allen had five receptions for 78 yards and has a touchdown in five straight games.

''Sometimes you just have to play complementary football. Defensively we stopped them when we needed to,'' Lynn said. ''Offensively we started out, but then slowed down and kicked field goals the rest of the day.''

Cincinnati had good field position for most of the day with an average drive start of its 35. Joe Mixon had 111 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Jeff Driskel, who was making his second straight start since Andy Dalton's season-ending thumb injury, was 18 of 27 for 170 yards and a touchdown.

''The decisions I made today didn't work out. We didn't get to make the break. This or that decision put us in situations, whether it's fourth down and we've got to make the stop, the 2-point (conversion) and so forth, those things today, we didn't get to make the breaks,'' Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.

Cincinnati got within two points at 14-12 late in the first half on a pair of field goal by Bullock - one came after an apparent TD run by Driskel was overturned by replay - and Driskel's 5-yard TD pass to John Ross (the 2-point attempt was no good). The Chargers, though, would take a 17-12 lead when Badgley made his 59-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

The Chargers led 23-15 late in the fourth quarter when Mixon scored from a yard out. The 2-point attempt, which would have tied the game, failed when Driskel was sacked by Darius Philon.

BIG OVERTURN

Driskel appeared to score a touchdown with about five minutes remaining in the second quarter on a 1-yard scramble that would have brought the Bengals within four, but replay overturned it saying he was short of the goal line.

In the past, quarterbacks were safe to go head-first and not be considered to be giving himself up, but that was changed this season.

''He dove forward to the goal line and as soon as his knee hit the ground, he was ruled to have given himself up. The ball was short of the goal line,'' referee John Hussey said after the game.

The overturn meant the ball was spotted inches short of the goal line and brought up fourth-and-goal. Bengals guard Alex Redmond was then called for a false start and Cincinnati had to settle for a Bullock 23-yard field goal that cut the Chargers' margin to 14-6.

BIG LEG BADGLEY

Badgley, who had the winning field goal last Sunday at Pittsburgh, now has the longest field goal in Chargers history.

The Chargers attempted a Hail Mary with a second remaining, which resulted in Rivers being sacked, but Bengals defensive end Jordan Willis was called for a false start, which brought out Badgley, who said he was very confident about making it.

''You got to go out there with that kind of confidence. If you're going out there thinking you're going to miss it you probably shouldn't be kicking it,'' said Badgley, who is 14 of 15 on field goals since joining the Chargers last month. ''But going out there, it was a way for us to steal momentum from them at the end of the half, go into the second half with more points. It was definitely good for us to get those points at the end of the half.''

The former team record was a 57-yarder by Nate Kaeding at Tampa Bay on Dec. 21, 2008.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Host Oakland next Sunday before concluding the season with two straight road games.

Chargers: Travel to Kansas City on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the AFC.

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Key Players
J. Mixon 28 RB
111 RuYds, RuTD, 27 ReYds, 5 RECs
19
FPTS
P. Rivers 17 QB
220 PaYds, PaTD, 7 RuYds
14
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:54
M.Badgley 45 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
4
plays
7
yds
1:01
pos
21
26
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:50
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. J.Driskel is sacked. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
21
23
Touchdown 1:50
T.Hopkins and S.Hubbard reported in as eligible. J.Mixon up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
79
yds
5:55
pos
21
23
Field Goal 7:50
M.Badgley 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
8
plays
61
yds
4:27
pos
15
23
Field Goal 12:17
R.Bullock 46 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
8
plays
33
yds
3:48
pos
15
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:42
M.Badgley 31 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
11
plays
22
yds
5:06
pos
12
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
M.Badgley 59 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
3
plays
27
yds
00:20
pos
12
17
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:20
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. J.Driskel pass to G.Bernard is complete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
12
14
Touchdown 0:20
J.Driskel pass short middle to J.Ross for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
35
yds
1:15
pos
12
14
Field Goal 5:05
R.Bullock 23 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
10
plays
41
yds
5:21
pos
6
14
Point After TD 14:51
(Kick formation) M.Badgley extra point is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 14:51
A.Ekeler up the middle for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
75
yds
6:32
pos
3
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:28
R.Bullock 47 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
9
plays
51
yds
5:16
pos
3
7
Point After TD 11:39
(Kick formation) M.Badgley extra point is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:39
P.Rivers pass short right to K.Allen for 14 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:21
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:38 27:22
1st Downs 19 17
Rushing 8 7
Passing 9 10
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 5-13 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 295 288
Total Plays 62 56
Avg Gain 4.8 5.1
Net Yards Rushing 144 85
Rush Attempts 32 25
Avg Rush Yards 4.5 3.4
Net Yards Passing 151 203
Comp. - Att. 18-27 19-29
Yards Per Pass 5.6 7.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-19 2-17
Penalties - Yards 6-34 6-38
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 3-44.0 4-37.5
Return Yards 144 83
Punts - Returns 2-23 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 6-121 3-83
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 6/6
Extra Points 0/0 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 4/4
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bengals 5-8 390921
Chargers 10-3 7103626
151 PASS YDS 203
144 RUSH YDS 85
295 TOTAL YDS 288
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Driskel 6 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 170 1 0 96.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66% 645 3 1 89.8
J. Driskel 18/27 170 1 0 13
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Mixon 28 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 111 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
180 866 6
J. Mixon 26 111 1 19 19
A. Erickson 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 22 0
A. Erickson 1 14 0 14 1
J. Driskel 6 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 64 2
J. Driskel 2 12 0 9 13
G. Bernard 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 197 3
G. Bernard 3 7 0 6 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Boyd 83 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 52 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 72 990 6
T. Boyd 6 3 52 0 20 5
C. Uzomah 87 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 357 2
C. Uzomah 3 3 37 0 24 3
C. Core 16 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 114 1
C. Core 4 3 30 0 14 3
J. Mixon 28 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 283 1
J. Mixon 6 5 27 0 11 19
G. Bernard 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 185 0
G. Bernard 2 2 13 0 9 1
J. Ross 15 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 11 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 200 6
J. Ross 4 2 11 1 6 7
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Bates 30 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-31 3 0.0
J. Bates 4-3 0.0 0 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-13 0 8.0
C. Dunlap 4-0 1.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-26 4 1.0
S. Williams 4-2 0.0 0 0
W. Jackson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-6 0 0.0
W. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Dennard 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-10 0 0.0
D. Dennard 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. Russell 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
K. Russell 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Evans 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-21 1 1.0
J. Evans 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-12 1 0.0
M. Johnson 2-2 0.0 0 0
J. Willis 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 1.0
J. Willis 2-0 0.0 0 0
H. Nickerson 56 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-15 0 0.0
H. Nickerson 2-0 0.0 0 0
N. Scott 69 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
N. Scott 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Phillips 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 0 0.0
D. Phillips 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-19 0 7.0
G. Atkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Ringo 79 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
C. Ringo 1-2 0.5 0 0
C. Fejedelem 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-8 0 0.0
C. Fejedelem 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Vigil 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-14 0 0.0
N. Vigil 1-2 0.0 0 0
A. Billings 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-8 0 2.5
A. Billings 0-1 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bullock 4 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
13/17 34/36
R. Bullock 3/3 47 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 43.7 25
K. Huber 3 44.0 3 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 20.2 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
29 24.7 51 0
A. Erickson 6 20.2 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 11.5 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 12.1 38 0
A. Erickson 2 11.5 14 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
P. Rivers 17 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 220 1 0 99.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.4% 3638 29 6 114.5
P. Rivers 19/29 220 1 0 14
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Ekeler 30 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
98 496 2
A. Ekeler 15 66 1 18 14
J. Jackson 32 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 139 1
J. Jackson 7 12 0 3 3
P. Rivers 17 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 6 0
P. Rivers 2 7 0 5 14
K. Allen 13 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 75 0
K. Allen 1 0 0 0 13
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Allen 13 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 5 78 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 88 1074 6
K. Allen 9 5 78 1 37 13
M. Williams 81 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 516 7
M. Williams 6 3 45 0 19 4
A. Ekeler 30 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 404 3
A. Ekeler 5 2 28 0 21 14
J. Jackson 32 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 61 0
J. Jackson 2 2 23 0 17 3
A. Gates 85 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 258 2
A. Gates 2 2 19 0 10 1
Ty. Williams 16 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 547 5
Ty. Williams 3 3 14 0 7 1
T. Benjamin 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 118 1
T. Benjamin 1 1 11 0 11 1
D. Watt 34 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 2 0
D. Watt 1 1 2 0 2 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Addae 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-20 0 1.0
J. Addae 6-2 0.0 0 0
D. James 33 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-26 3 3.0
D. James 6-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bosa 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-4 0 4.0
J. Bosa 6-0 1.0 0 0
M. Davis 43 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-6 0 0.0
M. Davis 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Brown 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-26 0 1.0
J. Brown 5-2 0.0 0 0
M. Ingram 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-11 1 5.0
M. Ingram 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Phillips 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-18 1 0.0
A. Phillips 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Philon 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-11 0 2.0
D. Philon 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Square 71 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-14 0 3.0
D. Square 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Hayward 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-3 0 0.0
C. Hayward 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. King 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-10 3 0.0
D. King 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-9 0 0.0
J. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Emanuel 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-6 0 1.0
K. Emanuel 1-0 1.0 0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-9 0 2.0
U. Nwosu 1-1 1.0 0 0
I. Rochell 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-9 1 4.0
I. Rochell 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Badgley 4 K
14
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/15 20/21
M. Badgley 4/4 59 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Jones 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
33 41.9 12
D. Jones 4 43.3 0 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 20 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 33.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 23.9 40 0
D. King 2 33.0 35 0
T. Benjamin 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
T. Benjamin 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 20 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 14.3 73 1
D. King 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:39 CIN 20 5:16 9 51 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 CIN 25 2:43 5 21 Punt
10:22 LAC 46 5:21 10 41 FG
3:37 CIN 46 1:36 3 -11 Punt
1:35 LAC 35 1:15 5 35 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 26 2:16 4 9 Downs
7:38 CIN 28 3:39 7 33 Punt
0:59 CIN 39 3:48 8 33 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:45 CIN 21 5:55 11 79 TD
0:49 CIN 23 0:49 3 0 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAC 25 3:21 6 75 TD
6:23 LAC 25 6:32 13 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:08 LAC 7 1:46 3 -2 Punt
5:01 LAC 17 1:24 3 -5 Punt
2:01 LAC 7 0:26 3 -1 Punt
0:20 LAC 32 0:20 3 27 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 CIN 35 5:06 11 22 FG
3:59 LAC 4 2:59 6 19 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:12 LAC 25 4:27 8 61 FG
1:50 CIN 34 1:01 4 7 FG