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Chargers need big defensive plays to hold off Cincinnati Bengals – Daily News

Chargers need big defensive plays to hold off Cincinnati Bengals – Daily News
  • Los Angeles Chargers kicker Mike Badgley (four), proper, celebrates his 59-yard subject objective with holder Donnie Jones (5)at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers kicker Mike Badgley (four) makes a 59-yard subject objective at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive finish Carlos Dunlap (96) at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) fires off a cross at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls a play on the line at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) palms the ball off to operating again Justin Jackson (32)at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler (30) is tripped up after a achieve at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls a play on the line of scrimmage at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Justin Jackson (32) seems to be for blocks up area at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a move underneath strain at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler (30) finds some operating room at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) arms the ball off to operating again Joe Mixon (28)at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Detrez Newsome (38) celebrates after making a deal with on a kickoff at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler (30) is stopped after a achieve at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) escapes a sack try by Los Angeles Chargers defensive finish Joey Bosa (99) at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) escapes a sack try by Los Angeles Chargers defensive finish Joey Bosa (99) at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler (30) is lifted within the air by offensive guard Dan Feeney (66) after his second quarter landing at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler (30) pushes his means throughout the aim line for a second quarter landing at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers large receiver Keenan Allen (13) tosses the soccer into the stands after his first quarter landing reception at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers large receiver Keenan Allen, foreground, celebrates his first quarter landing reception together with his teammates at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers extensive receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates his first quarter landing reception at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers broad receiver Keenan Allen (13) makes a landing reception in the long run zone at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers large receiver Keenan Allen (13) makes a landing reception in the long run zone at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Followers on the Chargers-Bengals recreation take a second of silence to keep in mind the late President George H.W. Bush at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • The Chargers take the sector for his or her recreation towards Cincinnati at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) heads to the locker room after the Chargers 26-21 win over Cincinnati at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler (30) lies injured after an onside kickoff at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive deal with Darius Philon (93) celebrates his game-saving sack because the Bengals have been going for a 2-point conversion at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Chargers defensive deal with Darius Philon makes a game-saving sack on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel late within the fourth quarter because the Bengals have been going for a 2-point conversion at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Chargers followers cheer on the Bolts of their win over Cincinnati at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton watches from the sideline at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers fullback Derek Watt (34) and different deal with Cincinnati Bengals vast receiver Alex Erickson (12) at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Charger followers cheer from the top zone seats at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers vast receiver Mike Williams (81) celebrates a primary down reception at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers vast receiver Keenan Allen (13) will get set to make a reception at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler (30) watches the protection from the sideline at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) on the sideline at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn watches the motion from the sideline at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive finish Melvin Ingram (54) takes a break on the bench at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive finish Joey Bosa (99) watches the offense on the sector at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive deal with Darius Philon (93) comes off the sector at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers vast receiver Keenan Allen (13) sits on the bench with the offense at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive deal with Darius Philon (93) places strain on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive again Adrian Phillips (31) tackles Cincinnati Bengals kick returner Alex Erickson (12) at StubHub Middle in Carson on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

CARSON – It was supposed to be a romp Sunday, with the Chargers favored by two landing towards the injury-depleted Cincinnati Bengals.

However the Charger starters weren’t enjoyable on the sidelines with their helmets off within the fourth quarter. Helmets have been strapped on tight because the introduced sellout crowd of 25,358 on the StubHub Middle acquired an sudden thriller, with the Chargers hanging on for a 26-21 victory.

The Chargers have been arrange for an additional trap-game catastrophe, however defensive deal with Darius Philon wouldn’t permit it. Philon bulldozed by way of blockers to sack Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel to forestall a 2-point conversion that might have tied the sport with two minutes left.

The Chargers acquired one other big defensive play moments later when Uchenna Nwosu darted across the edge for a blindside sack of Driskel for a 9-yard loss with 18 seconds to play.

Disaster averted. The Chargers gained to arrange Thursday night time’s showdown towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. It was the fifth consecutive defeat for the Bengals, their longest dropping streak since 2010.

With the win, the Chargers (10-Three) stay one recreation behind the Chiefs (11-2) for first within the AFC West and the highest seed within the convention. The Chiefs have been additionally pushed Sunday, however defeated the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in extra time.

Rookie kicker Michael Badgley went four for four on area aim makes an attempt, together with one from 59 yards that set a franchise report. Badgley’s final subject objective, a 45-yarder, gave the Chargers a five-point lead with 49 seconds to play.

The Chargers have been held and not using a landing within the second half. Quarterback Philip Rivers accomplished 19 of 29 passes for 220 yards. Keenan Allen had 5 catches for 78 yards and one landing.

Joe Mixon led the Bengals (5-Eight) with 111 yards dashing on 26 carries.

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