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SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA
San Diego Chargers
Sunday, January 5, 2012 - 11:05 AM MT
Cincinnati Bengals




270.5 (4th) Pass Off. 258.5 (8th)
122.8 (13th) Rush Off. 109.7 (18th)
258.7 (28th) Pass Def. 209.0 (5th)
107.8 (11th) Rush Def. 96.5 (5th)
9-7 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio 11-5
6th Seed Spread: Bengals -7 3rd Seed

Opening day of the 2013 NFL Playoffs ended with bangs as both conferences had thrilling finishes, one of which will go down in history as one of the all-time greatest playoff comebacks. Here's to having another fantastic day of football!

Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are just happy to be back in the tournament after having Norv Turner take Marty Schottenheimer's 14-2 Ferrari and convert it into a bicycle with two flat tires. The collapse is truly stunning to see how each year this franchise got worse and worse.

Said Rivers:

It's been a real long time, so it feels great to be back in(the playoffs).

I'm sure it does feel great, Philip. After finishing the season with four consecutive wins, including one in Mile High Stadium, the Chargers are definitely in. Their opponent today is looking for legitimacy after two straight years of being bounced out of the playoffs in the first round and 24 years of playoff angst.

The Cincinnati Bengals have a harder time winning playoffs games than even the Kansas City Chiefs, but Andy Dalton seems to understand what is at stake. I originally thought the Chargers would upset the Bengals, but I'm thinking that maybe the Bengals finally get over the proverbial hump and earn the honor to go lose in Foxborough.

You can follow along with Bengals fans at Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) and with Chargers fans at Bolts from the Blue(@BFTB_Chargers).

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