Bengals top Bolts, take command of AFC North

SAN DIEGO -- Andy Dalton threw a go-ahead, 21-yard touchdown pass to wide-open A.J. Green late in the third quarter and the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers 17-10 on Sunday.

The Bengals (8-4), coming off their bye, kept a two-game lead over Baltimore.

San Diego (5-7) lost the momentum it gained with a thrilling comeback win at Kansas City a week earlier and saw its playoff hopes dwindle after its fourth loss in five games.

With the score tied at 7, The Bengals got the ball after Dre Kirkpatrick ripped the ball away from tight end Antonio Gates after a reception at the Cincinnati 25, the Chargers' third turnover.

Ten plays later, Green split the defense for an easy touchdown, with safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Marcus Gilchrist only able to watch.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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