CINCINNATI - There’s a difference between winning ugly and playing ugly.
In Sunday’s wild-card playoff game San Diego did the former and Cincinnati the latter with the result being a convincing 27-10 victory for the wild-card Chargers.
San Diego, which needed and received a series of miracles just to make the post-season, made all the right moves this day while the Bengals once again self-destructed, crashed and burned as they have never done before.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a particularly brutal day as he tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble on an afternoon when the Bungles created four turnovers overall.
The Chargers, meanwhile, were patient and efficient, determined to pound away on the ground and sit back and wait for the Bengals to make mistakes.
They made plenty and it killed them.
“In a playoff game, in big games, teams a lot of times lose the game rather than win it,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said after the game.
He was right on the money.