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Luckily, the new rule about quarterbacks “giving themselves up” caused him to be ruled down inches short of the goal line. Then, after a false start, the Bengals elected to try a field goal which was good.Once again, the offenses stalled with the two teams combining for three consecutive three-and-outs. Unfortunately [url=http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-michael-schofield-jersey]http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-michael-schofield-jersey[/url] , the Chargers’ second failed drive gave the Bengals the ball at the Chargers’ 35 and the defense was unable to survive the hole the offense left them in as John Ross ended up scoring an easy 6-yard touchdown. The Bengals attempted to go for 2, but Derwin James was having none of that as he made a strong open field tackle to prevent it.Desmond King sparked the offense with a quality kick off return to the Chargers’ 32-yard line. A pair of 11-yard passes to Travis Benjamin and Allen had the offense in position to attempt a Hail Mary, but the Bengals jumped offside. That extra 5 yards allowed Anthony Lynn to consider a field goal attempt. Michael Badgley rewarded him with a 59 yard field goal (the longest in franchise history).The Bengals appeared ready to be held to a three-and-out on their opening drive of the second half, but Marvin Lewis surprised everyone by going for it on 4th down in his own territory. The Chargers defense stepped up big time with a tackle for loss by Michael Davis and Jahleel Addae.The offense nearly stalled out immediately, but Ekeler go the call on 4th and short and converted. Eventually, the vanilla offense of the Chargers was held to a field goal attempt by Badgley who converted from 31 yards out to stretch the lead to 8.A big 24-yard reception by C.J. 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A rare Allen run was stuffed for no gain followed by Tyrell Williams not trying to get up field on 2nd down which left the offense needing 3 yards on 3rd down. A blatant pass interference on 3rd down that went uncalled allowed the Bengals to get off the field as the defender tackled Allen before the ball arrived. Badgley kicked a field goal to stretch the lead back to 8.Down by 8 points [url=http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-caleb-sturgis-jersey]Caleb Sturgis Jersey[/url] , Jeff Driskel led the Bengals on an 11-play, 69-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 1-yard Joe Mixon touchdown after an Addae penalty gave them 1st & goal instead of 4th & goal from the 1. A Darius Philon sack on the ensuing 2-point attempt, however, kept the Chargers ahead by 2 points, and set up an onside attempt that was unsuccessful, but also resulted in an injury to Austin Ekeler.Following the recovery, the Chargers offense was just running Justin Jackson into the line to force the Bengals to burn their final time outs. On 3rd & 5, they elected to let Rivers run a read option. It worked about as well as you might expect. Badgley then kicked another field goal to make the score 26-21.The Chargers kicked the ball back to the Bengals with 49 seconds on the clock.The Bengals with no time outs, had 43 seconds to go 77 yards for a score. An Uchenna Nwosu sack effectively ended the game.Jason Verrett is done for the season, but what’s next? In the NFL, every year is a blank slate. With each turn in the calendar comes brand new opportunity for success waiting to be seized by whichever team is up next in the ever-changing hierarchy of the league. 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For the fourth time in five seasons, the heartbreaking injury was sustained by former Pro Bowl cornerback, Jason Verrett. The frequency at which Verrett has seen his season come to an end due to injury has caused this one in particular to feel numb, in a way. It is supremely disappointing to see, of course, but at this point it would be more shocking if he went a full season without being injured than if he were to tear his Achilles during a conditioning test on the first day of camp—as absurd as that is. The injury is devastating, but not in the same way as others [url=http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jahleel-addae-jersey]Cheap Jahleel Addae Jersey[/url] , such as the one suffered by Hunter Henry recently. Henry’s injury was a major blow to the team as they lost one of their top offensive weapons, leading one to be concerned with how they make up for the loss on the field. Verrett’s injury, on the other hand, brings no such concerns. 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