Chargers-Bengals Capsule

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 8:01 AM

SAN DIEGO (9-7) at CINCINNATI (11-5)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Bengals by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Diego 9-6-1, Cincinnati 10-5-1

SERIES RECORD — Chargers lead 19-14

LAST MEETING — Bengals beat Chargers 17-10, Dec. 1, 2013

LAST WEEK — Chargers beat Chiefs 27-24, OT; Bengals beat Ravens 34-17

AP PRO32 RANKING — Chargers No. 13, Bengals No. 6

CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (13), PASS (4)

CHARGERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (12), PASS (29)

BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (18), PASS (8)

BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (5), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Only other time Chargers and Bengals met in playoffs was "Freezer Bowl" in 1981 AFC championship game with wind chill of minus-59. Ken Anderson led Bengals to 27-7 win over Dan Fouts' team. ... Bengals beat Chargers in San Diego on Dec. 1 by rushing for 164 yards, their second-highest total of season. Bengals also won in San Diego 20-13 in 2012. ... Chargers won last four games after loss to Cincinnati, reaching playoffs for first time since 2009. They haven't won playoff game since 2008 and haven't won road playoff game since 2007 at Indianapolis. ... Mike McCoy is fifth Chargers head coach to reach playoffs in first full season, joining Sid Gillman (1960), Don Coryell (1979), Bobby Ross (1992) and Norv Turner (2007). ... QB Philip Rivers is 3-4 in playoffs, completing 58.5 percent of passes for 1,820 yards with eight TDs, nine INTs and passer rating of 79.2. ... Rivers completed team-record and NFL-best 69.5 percent this season for 4,478 yards and 32 TDs with 11 INTs. Also set club record with 378 completions. ... In losses to Bengals each of last two seasons, Rivers has completed 57 percent for 532 yards with one TD, two INTs. ... Defense allowed 315.8 yards per game in December, sixth fewest in league. ... Bengals have reached playoffs for third consecutive season, franchise first. Haven't won playoff game since 1990 season, tied for seventh-longest streak in NFL history. ... QB Andy Dalton is 0-2 in playoffs, completing 56.9 percent for 384 yards with no TDs, one INT and a 48.6 passer rating. ... In wins in San Diego last two seasons, Dalton has completed 64 percent for 401 yards with two TDs, three INTs. ... Dalton set club records with 33 TD passes and 4,296 yards passing this season. ... WR A.J. Green (260) surpassed Anquan Boldin (259) for most catches in first three NFL seasons. ... Bengals went 8-0 at home for second time in club history, matching 1988 team that also won two home playoff games and lost Super Bowl to San Francisco. ... Bengals scored 49, 41, 42, 42 and 34 points in last five home games.

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