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Locker room quick hits

Posted Dec 20, 2009

Posted: 9:45 p.m.

» The Bengals had 407 total yards, their most since the 45-10 victory over the Bears on Oct. 25.

» Quarterback Carson Palmer had a season-high 314 yards passing, his first 300-yard day since the 2007 season finale.

» Tight end J.P. Foschi had a career-high 82 yards receiving. He had 20 catches for 178 yards on the season coming in to the game.

» The Bengals had 114 yards rushing, their fewest since 61 against Pittsburgh on Nov. 15.

» Chad Ochocinco did not have a catch in the second half after catching three for 79 in the first.

» The 308 passing yards by San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers represents only the second 300-yard passing day against the Bengals this season (Matt Schaub, 392).

» After the first  two series of  the Nov. 8 win over Baltimore, the Bengals were leading the NFL in red-zone touchdown percentage at 18-for-25 for 72 percent. Since then, they are 5-for-20 at 25 percent after going 1-for-4 in San Diego.

"You have to go at least 50 percent against them," said Palmer, referring to San Diego's tall, physical receivers.

» Sunday was the first time the Bengals have lost two in a row this season. It was their first back-to-back losses since Nov. 30 (Baltimore) and Dec. 7 (Indianapolis) of last year.

» Palmer's two-point conversion was the first of his career.

» Palmer said the Chargers defense was the most committed to stopping the Bengals run game that Cincinnati has faced in the last several games. The Chargers loaded the box, which is why the Bengals were able to open up the passing game for Palmer's biggest day since he had 316 against the Dolphins in the '07 finale.

» Wide receiver Quan Cosby made his first three receptions of the season. He had three for 47 yards, including a 22-yard completion that set up Shayne Graham's game-tying field goal with 54 seconds left. "We were trying to get as far down the field as possible for Shayne," Cosby said. "They were in Cover 2, so the longer I went down the field the closer the safety was getting to me. Carson made a real good throw to get it back. The whole thing at that point was getting close enough for Shayne."

» The Bengals had a locker stall next to Ochocinco that had a No. 15 jersey hanging in it. After the team had been announced during pregame player introductions, Ochocinco came out by himself carrying the No. 15 jersey with him to the Bengals sideline.

Chad Ochoncinco

» On if he was proud of his team's effort: "We played pretty good, but we have to play almost perfect, especially when the stakes are so high, like they are now."

» On his end zone tribute to Chris Henry: "I was saying what we always say before practice and games: 15 and 85 = 100 ways to be great." 

» On why he didn't throw the ball up in the air like Henry did after he scored: "I was saving that for the second (touchdown)."

» On the longest run of his career (26 yards): "(Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman) is the reason I ran the other way."

» The guy that ended up doing the Slim Flip in the air was Palmer, who flipped the ball high after running in his two-point conversion. "After a touchdown I usually just hand the ball to a ref. I didn't even realize I did it," he said. "It's something that Chris did that I thought was funny."

» Palmer on the week's emotions: "I've never experienced a week like it. At the end it's almost surreal. I won't believe it's happened until I see him Tuesday when we pay our respects to his family and Chris. ... I think that's when it's going to sink in for me and a lot of other guys."

» Cornerback Leon Hall on his coverage of the 15-yard completion to Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd with eight seconds left that set up kicker Nate Kaeding's game-winning 52-yard field goal: "I was playing the inside. I know when I look back on the film I should have had a better break and I've got to contest the ball."

Andrew Whitworth

» On his mental state: "I feel a little sad, but I feel real good about this football team and the adversity we've been through this year. We've really grown not only on the field but off it. I think we feel good. We needed to play a good game today and we did on the road against a great team like San Diego, just like we're going to have to do in the playoffs. Now we've got to move on and win the division.

"The main thing we want people to realize is that Chris (Henry) turned his life around and this team did the same thing. He signifies what we are. He turned his life around when nobody thought he could. And nobody felt this football team could go from 4-11-1 to where we are now."

Andre Caldwell

» On the fourth-quarter hit by Chargers linebacker Tim Dobbins that forced a fumble that bounced about 20 yards backward: "He made a good play. He put his head right on the ball. It was a quick screen and they were there quick."

» On if he had ever seen a fumble go that far: "No, it had to be his helmet."

» Added Palmer: "It was a quick screen and he had a couple of cut blocks that got in his way, and he couldn't really get going upfield. The whole defense was converging on him. It looked like he had good ball security, but when you've got somebody 265 poubds coming right at you and you're standing still and they put that hemlet right on the right spot, it's almost impossible to hold on to the ball in that situation."

 

 

 

 

 

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