ook advantage of Andy Daltons three
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ook advantage of Andy Daltons three
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Philip Rivers gloved hands found the right touch in the January cold. Kelly Oubre Jr. Jersey . The Bengals? Still cant do anything right when its playoff time. San Diego took advantage of Andy Daltons three turnovers in the second half on Sunday, pulling away to a 27-10 victory that extended the Bengals stretch of playoff misery to 23 years and counting. With Rivers making accurate throws in the chilling rain, the Chargers (10-7) won their fifth in a row, beating the last team that had knocked them off. Theyll play next Sunday in Denver, which has the AFCs top seed. It was a shocking finish for the Bengals (11-6), who won the AFC North, went unbeaten at home and had their top-ranked defence for the playoffs. With everything in their favour, they fell apart, getting outscored 20-0 in the second half. "We asked a lot of our defence today and they came up with three big turnovers," said Rivers, who was 12 of 16 for 128 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. "We didnt turn it over, which is always big in the playoffs." The Bengals now have the sixth-longest streak of playoff futility in NFL history, stretching all the way back to the 1990 season. Theyve lost their playoff opener three straight years, matching a league record as well, according to STATS LLC. Coach Marvin Lewis fell to 0-5 in the playoffs during his 11 seasons as head coach, but is expected to stick around and get another chance to try again. A lot of it fell on Dalton, who has a trilogy of bad playoff games. He fumbled and threw two interceptions in the second half that set up San Diegos win. Dalton finished 29 of 51 for 334 yards with a below-average passer rating of 67. Combined with the Saints victory over the Eagles on Saturday night, the two No. 6 playoff seeds won for the first time since 2010, when the Packers won the Super Bowl. And the Chargers are thinking: Why not us? "We talked all week about this being the fifth round," Rivers said, referring to their five-game winning streak. "So the sixth round will be in Denver next week." This one was a reversal from the last time they met. The Bengals forced three turnovers for a 17-10 win in San Diego on Dec. 1, which became the Chargers turning point. The Bengals got the rematch at home, where they had scored 49, 41, 41, 42 and 34 points in their last five regular season games. They were blanked in the second half on Sunday, when Dalton went 17 of 34 for 170 yards with two interceptions, a fumble and three sacks. In first-round playoff losses each of the past three seasons, Dalton has thrown one touchdown pass and six interceptions. Rivers completed a team-record and NFL-best 69.5 per cent of his passes this season for 4,478 yards. He was only 5 of 6 in the first half for 48 yards with San Diego frequently backed inside its 20-yard line to start drives. He completed all of his six passes during a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter that put the Chargers ahead to stay, with his 4-yard pass to Ladarius Green giving San Diego a 14-10 lead. Dalton then made the mistakes that turned the game, allowing the Chargers to pull ahead. Ronnie Brown finished it off with a 58-yard touchdown run, the longest TD run against the Bengals in their playoff history. Authentic Gilbert Arenas Jersey . Of course that doesnt mean hes ignoring it. Thats actually rather impossible given the behind-the-scenes access to the Toronto Maple Leafs the network is getting. John Wall Jersey .com) - Stephen Currys jumper with 3.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers expect to be right back competing for a Super Bowl with a new coach following the frustration of a lost year that saw coach Jim Harbaugh depart for Michigan.General manager Trent Baalke believes there are plenty of options to replace Harbaugh and ensure the Niners are contenders again. CEO Jed York wont accept anything less.Its up to us to make sure we compete for and win Super Bowls. Thats our only goal, York said. We dont raise division championships banners. We dont raise NFC championship banners. We raise Super Bowl banners.Under Harbaugh, they came darn close, losing 34-31 to his big brother, John, and the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season.Now, theres the daunting task of finding another coach who can produce similar, immediate success.This organization has had to replace some awfully successful head coaches in the past, and Jim is no different - a very successful coach, Baalke said. Are we confident that we can replace him? You always go into that with that strategy. Theres a lot of good football coaches out there. What we need to do is go out and find a coach that can come in here now and lead this football team.No matter who succeeds Harbaugh, there are significant questions surrounding San Francisco going forward. Perhaps none is bigger than getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick to top form again after a disappointing season on the heels of his hefty contract extension last June.He is considering working with a mechanics guru to make some tweaks, which has proven positive for other NFL quarterbacks.The quarterback position is the most important position in all of sports. Period, York said. I think Colin did some things very well this year. And there are things he needs to improve on. And thats something that is very important.Here are some things to take from the Niners 8-8 season:STAR LINEBACKERS: NaVorro Bowman never made it back from that devastating left knee injury in last Januarys NFC championship game at Seattle. Then close friend and fellow star linebacker Patrick Willis didnt play after an Oct. 13 win at St. Louis and needed surgery for a strained muscle in his left big toe.Getting these two back on the field will be paramount for a defence that has been among the NFLs best.Its my career, I want to be sure I do it smart, Willis said.DAVIS DOWN NUMBERS: Vernon Daviis followed one of his best NFL seasons with the lowest output since his rookie year of 2006, leaving doubts whether the Niners will bring him back with a year left on his contract. Kelly Oubre Jr. Wizards Jersey. avis matched his career high with 13 touchdowns in 2013, then became a bit part of the offence. Offensive co-ordinator Greg Roman regularly said he wanted Davis involved and that didnt happen.Davis had only 50 targets, down from 84, and finished with just 26 catches and two TDs.I dont know what the main issue is, Davis said. Everybodys numbers are down, (Michael) Crabtree, Frank (Gore), myself. Were all down. Weve just got to figure it out. Just like any sport, whenever youre part of a team, whether youre a coach or anybody, your goal is to get the key guys involved, the guys who make plays, so they can contribute and help the team win.BIG NAMES, KEY DECISIONS: York and Baalke must decide whether franchise rushing leader Frank Gore returns, along with Crabtree, Davis and left guard Mike Iupati.And thats just a start.Its unclear whether 14-year veteran defensive end Justin Smith will play another season before retirement.I tell him I dont care if he gets away all the way until before the first week of the season next year and he comes back then, Willis said. Im going to talk to his little boys, he has three young boys now, see if they can run him a little ragged and give him back.WHAT HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE? The 49ers finished 4-4 in their inaugural season at $1.3 billion Levis Stadium and hardly established the kind of home-field advantage theyd hoped for — not even close to what Seattle offers at CenturyLink Field.York apologized via Twitter on Thanksgiving night, when the 49ers lost the first of two games to rival Seattle in an 18-day span. He said Monday fans who chose to spend their holiday in the stands deserved more.We didnt give you enough to cheer for this year. But that didnt stop you from coming out even in the last two games, where we really didnt have anything to play for, he said in opening his Monday news conference. We werent playing for a playoff contention and you guys brought it.SECONDARY CONCERNS: The Niners are weak at cornerback and could see Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver leave, so thats a spot to be addressed through free agency and the draft.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '