NFL playoffs 2014: Bengals vs. Chargers open thread

Andy Lyons

The Cincinnati Bengals host the San Diego Chargers in the third game of the 2014 NFL playoff bracket. Buffalo Bills fans chat about the events from Paul Brown Stadium as they unfold.

When you don't necessarily have a rooting interest in any team participating in the NFL playoffs, the best you can hope for is a series of memorable and highly competitive games to end the season with a bang. Needless to say, we're off to a good start on that front, with wild card Saturday providing a last-second road win for the New Orleans Saints, which served as the secondary story line to the Indianapolis Colts' wild, come-from-behind, 45-44 win over Kansas City.

It's hard to conceive how today's duo of games could possibly live up to what yesterday's provided from an entertainment standpoint, but the stage is set from a weather standpoint: there's a winter storm warning in Cincinnati, which could affect the second half in particular; and Green Bay and San Francisco will be playing in temperatures hovering near zero, because of course they are, considering it's January at Lambeau Field.

Our day starts in Ohio, where the Cincinnati Bengals, champions of the AFC North with an 11-5 record, host the San Diego Chargers, who squeaked into the post-season by the skin of their teeth with a 9-7 finish and a ton of help in Week 17. If Cincinnati holds serve at home and advances, they'll travel to New England next weekend, sending Indianapolis to Denver. If San Diego pulls the biggest upset of wild card weekend, however, they'll head to Denver, with Indy taking on New England.

This is your open thread for today's AFC wild card game. Who do you like in this one?

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