The Chargers took the early lead in the first quarter scoring on their second drive of the game as Danny Woodhead rushed for a five yard touchdown run to give the Chargers the lead 7-0. The Chargers dominated the time of possession in the first quarter as they held the ball for 10:12 and the Bengals for 4:00.
In the second quarter the roles reversed as the Bengals dominated on offense and held the ball for 11:22 and the Chargers for only 4:22. On their second drive of the 2nd quarter the Bengals would go 60 yards in 10 plays on a drive that lasted 6:07 to tie the game on a 4 yard touchdown from Dalton to Gresham to tie the game at 7-7.
The Bengals on their next drive drove all the way to the Chargers 15 yard line and were about to score, until Chargers linebacker Donald Butler forced a fumble by Bengals Giovani Bernard two yards short of the goal line and was recovered by Richard Marshall to keep the game tied at 7-7.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers would be unable to do anything after the turnover as they would go three and out. The Bengals would take advantage of that and drive down the field and Mike Nugent would nail a 46 yard field goal to give the Bengals a 10-7 lead over the Chargers at the half.
The Bengals started the second half by driving down the field until, Corey Liuget sacked Dalton to force a punt to start the second half.
Philip Rivers who only threw six passes in the first half. Started the second half on fire as on their first drive of the second half Rivers would go 6-for-6 for 68 yards and a touchdown, on a four yard jump ball touchdown pass to the 6-6 Ladarius Green to give the Chargers a 14-10 lead.
The Chargers defense who dominated Andy Dalton and the Bengals in the second half, received a gift on the Bengals next drive as Dalton fumbled as he tried to dive for a first down and the Chargers recovered at midfield.
The fumble would lead to 25 yard Field Goal by Nick Novak to extend the Chargers lead to 17-10.
The Chargers would force Dalton into another turnover, as Shareece Wright intercepted Dalton and retuned it to the Chargers four yard line.
Nick Novak would nail a 23 yard field goal to start the 4th quarter to extend the Chargers lead to 20-10. The Bengals on their next drive would drive down the field to Chargers territory and right when it looked like the Bengals were about to get back in this game, Melvin Ingram would intercept Dalton to keep the Chargers lead intact.
Ronnie Brown would seal the game for the Chargers on a 58 yard run to extend the Chargers lead to 27-10.
The Chargers now head to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and their Rival Broncos in the AFC Divisional round and a chance to advance to the AFC Championship.