Local fans celebrate Chargers win over Bengals

SAN DIEGO - San Diego football fans were celebrating the Chargers wild card playoff win Sunday with a 27-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Chargers fans packed bars and restaurants around the city to watch the game from Ohio, but police said no significant problems were reported.

Thousands of fans lined Highland Avenue in National City to celebrate.

"I thought the game was awesome, coming in as underdogs and pulling through on the road in Cincinnati … odds against us and we came through with the win," a fan told 10News.

Wearing their favorite player's jersey, fans waved their blue and gold flags high. There were so many fans that cars could barely inch down the street.

Police blocked off parts of Highland Avenue as they tried to maintain order, and even National City Mayor Ron Morrison joined in on the fun.

"Every time we have a win, we have a good fun time here on Highland but especially a playoff win like this, they come out in force. We love it," said Morrison.

For longtime fan Mike Ochoa, the Chargers win in Sunday's playoff game is a victory long overdue.

"I lived in San Diego all my life … the Chargers have been going downhill, now they're going up," he said.

Some fans were already gathering at Chargers Park, awaiting the team's estimated arrival at about 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. Pacific time.

San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria was likely also celebrating the win, following a wager on the game made last week with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

Gloria bet craft beer from Thorn St. Brewery and Hillcrest Brewing Co., and promised to wear a Bengals jersey during his next scheduled media briefing if the Chargers came up short in the game, according to a post on his Twitter account.

Cranley put up food samples from three Queen City-based chains – Gold Star Chili, Graeter's Ice Cream and Montgomery Inn barbecue, according to Gloria.

Gloria said following the Chargers' win Sunday, he couldn't wait to eat some Cincinnati chili, barbecue and ice cream courtesy of Cranley, and that San Diego was proud of the team.

Sunday's meeting was the second for the two teams this season. The Bengals downed the Chargers 17-10 at Qualcomm Stadium last month.

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