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          === Bengals deal spiraling Chargers fourth straight loss ===
 
 San  Diego,  CA (Sports Network) -  Andy Dalton shook off two interceptions by
 capping  a late  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 his 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.
 
 "To  come here and  get a win on the road is huge," Dalton said. "It's what we
 had to do."
 
 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.
 
 The  Bengals turned it over twice in the third quarter, but were rewarded with
 good  field position early in the fourth after forcing the Chargers to punt at
 their own 15-yard line.
 
 Three third-down conversions during the 7 1/2-minute march moved the ball into
 scoring position, and on 2nd-and-goal from the six, Dalton faked a pass to the
 right,  tucked the ball and dove over the goal line for a 17-13 lead with 4:11
 remaining.
 
 Two  plays into the  next drive, Carlos Dunlap hit Rivers on the elbow just as
 he was about to throw, causing a fumble that Dunlap recovered at the San Diego
 13.
 
 The  Chargers  kept it a  one-possession game by  holding the Bengals to three
 points  on Mike Nugent's 24-yard field goal. Rivers then passed San Diego down
 into  the  red zone, but  threw three  straight incompletions from the 17-yard
 line  to  bring up fourth  down. After calling timeout  with 55 seconds to go,
 Rivers  threw  a pass that  was well short of  Malcom Floyd, and Reggie Nelson
 came down with the lob in the end zone for a game-sealing interception.
 
 "It's  kind of the  way it's going right now," a dejected Rivers said. "We had
 our  opportunities offensively. Any  time you go into a game and don't score a
 touchdown it's tough to win."
 
 A  defensive  holding penalty  on fourth down  kept Cincinnati's opening drive
 alive, and the 16-play, 91-yard journey ended with Jermaine Gresham hauling in
 Dalton's 19-yard touchdown pass 7 1/2 minutes in.
 
 Rivers  connected on all eight of his attempts on San Diego's first touch, and
 after Ronnie Brown was tackled two yards short of a first down, Nick Novak put
 the  Chargers on  the board via a 20-yard  field goal on the first play of the
 second quarter.
 
 Dalton's  first  pass of the  next series was  thrown into double coverage and
 picked  off  by Williams, who  took it  31 yards the  other way for his second
 touchdown this season.
 
 The  Bengals went 82 yards on their next possession -- half coming on a Green-
 Ellis'  run --  but  settled for  Nugent's 19-yard  field  goal after  getting
 stopped just shy of the goal line.
 
 The same scenario happened to the Chargers just before halftime. With time for
 only  one play from the Cincinnati 1-yard line, Novak was brought on for a 19-
 yard kick of his own for a 13-10 lead at the break.
 
 Dalton  was intercepted  in Chargers territory early in the third quarter, and
 Gresham  lost a  fumble at  the San  Diego 39-yard  line on  the next  Bengals
 possession. The Chargers failed to convert the turnovers into points, as Novak
 hit the right post on a 54-yard field goal try following the second giveaway.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cincinnati's  A.J. Green  was held without a touchdown for the second straight
 week  after catching  one in nine straight games. The wideout had nine catches
 for  85 yards in the win... Williams also returned a pick for a TD against the
 Chiefs  in Week 9  ... Dunlap recorded two sacks ... San Diego fell to 18-4 in
 December  under head coach  Norv Turner ... The Chargers had won five of their
 past six home games against the Bengals ... Danario Alexander led the Chargers
 with  102 yards  on six catches ... Ryan  Mathews was held to 26 yards on nine
 carries in the setback ... The Bengals host the Cowboys next Sunday, while the
 Chargers travel east to play the Steelers.
 
 12/02 21:52:08 ET

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