Bengals Beat Chargers, Move To 2-0

Andy Dalton throws three touchdown passes and Giovani Bernard rushes for 123 yards as the Bengals take down the Chargers, 24-19 in Sunday's home opener at joyful Paul Brown Stadium

The Bengals are 2-0 for the second year in a row, and remained in first place atop the AFC North Division with a 24-19 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

The running game and the passing game clicked while the defense played solid. Linebacker Vincent Rey's interception on the Chargers' final drive clinched it for the Bengals.

Quarterback Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers, and the Bengals' defense quickly ended Philip Rivers' streak of perfect passing for San Diego while pulling away.

Dalton's 9-yard throw to tight end Tyler Eifert put the Bengals in control midway through the fourth quarter. San Diego (1-1) set up Cincinnati's first touchdown with a fumble.

Giovani Bernard took over as the running back after Jeremy Hill lost two fumbles. He finished with 123 yards.

Rivers' streak of consecutive completions ended at 22, a Chargers record that ties for third-longest in NFL history. Peyton Manning completed 23 straight. Joe Montana, Mark Brunell, David Carr and Matt Ryan had also streaks of 22 completions.

Rivers threw a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the second half, the 255th of his career that moved him ahead of Dan Fouts for the club record.

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