4:05 PM ET, December 26, 2010
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Bengals end Chargers' postseason hopes behind Carson Palmer's 4 TDs
CINCINNATI -- Carson Palmer's near-perfect showing left San Diego out in the cold.Palmer threw four touchdown passes in swirling snow -- two to Jerome Simpson -- and the Cincinnati Bengals snapped the Chargers' streak of four straight playoff appearances with a 34-20 victory on Sunday that was an ending in several ways.The Chargers (8-7) froze up in their coldest game in nearly three years, repeatedly self-destructing on a raw, windy evening. The loss gave the AFC West title to Kansas City, which beat Tennessee 34-14 earlier in the day.
• San Diego fell to 2-5 on the road this season.
• Philip Rivers dropped to 21-2 in starts made after November in his career.
• Cincinnati won its second straight game after dropping 10 in a row.
• With Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens out for the Bengals, Jerome Simpson caught six passes for 124 yards and his first two career touchdowns.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Chargers RB Mike Tolbert was carted off the field after putting his head down on a first-quarter run, leaving him face-down and motionless. Coach Norv Turner said he has a sprained neck and shoulder and should be fine. Tolbert gave a thumbs-up sign as he left the field. ... Rivers is 21-2 while starting regular-season games in December and January. The Chargers also lost at home to Oakland on Dec. 5. ... Simpson has played the last two weeks because T.O. and Ochocinco were hurt. Before those two games, he had only one career catch in 2½ seasons.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.0||6.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-3||4-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||10:26||Jermaine Gresham 3 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Clint Stitser Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 32 yds, 2:40
|TD||13:01||Jerome Simpson 10 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Clint Stitser Kick is No Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yds, 4:47
|FG||1:19||Nate Kaeding 20 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yds, 6:19
|TD||5:52||Ryan Mathews 23 Yard Run (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 86 yds, 4:47
|TD||13:05||Jordan Shipley 3 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Clint Stitser Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 21 yds, 2:00
|FG||7:22||Nate Kaeding 28 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 47 yds, 5:42
|TD||6:34||Jerome Simpson 59 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Clint Stitser Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 62 yds, 0:53
|TD||3:59||Bernard Scott 10 Yard Run (Clint Stitser Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 26 yds, 1:33
|TD||1:33||Kelley Washington 5 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yds, 2:27