Bengals sail on as Chargers flailing
SAN DIEGO — Andy Dalton and the Bengals didn't flinch. No, they just had to bide their time and wait for the Chargers to cough up another fourth-quarter lead.
Dalton scrambled up the middle for a 6-yard touchdown with 4:11 left for the go-ahead score as Cincinnati won its fourth straight.
The Bengals also kept coming after Philip Rivers, forcing two turnovers in the final 3:54.
"We kept overcoming adversity and we didn't flinch," coach Marvin Lewis said. "We just went out there and went back to work. … We weren't perfect. But we had to keep playing and make adjustments and keep coming."
The Bengals remained tied with Pittsburgh in the race for the AFC's second wild-card berth.
The Chargers are on the cusp of missing the playoffs for the third straight season, which is all but certain to cost coach Norv Turner his job, and maybe general manager A.J. Smith too.
"We were flat as hell the second half," fullback Le'Ron McClain said.