Do you remember sending a text message about the Cincinnati Bengals winning a playoff game? Until yesterday the answer for every human on Earth was NO! January 6th, 1991 playoff victory against the Houston Oilers was the last time Bengals fans had that feeling of post-season success. The WorldWideWeb wouldn’t launch to the public until February 1991. So if you were trying to remember if you were on AOL or MSN Messenger celebrating the Bengals playoff success, you weren’t! Rejoice Bengals fans, you can SEND THAT TEXT!
SEND THAT TEXT.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 16, 2022
The game featured some always-fun controversy. In the 2nd quarter with the Bengals leading 13-6, Bengals QB Joe Burrow scrambled out to the right, and just before stepping out of bounds, throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd. Seems pretty standard right? Well, if you are a Las Vegas Raiders player, you may have heard something. The whistle clearly sounds before Boyd catches the pass and some of the Raiders defenders seem to have a slight hesitation and let up. By rule, the play should have been called dead and the down replayed. It wasn’t. The Bengals took a large lead and wouldn’t let the Raiders make a comeback.
Oh wow yeah, there definitely was a whistle there. By rule, that TD should have been dead ball.
Refs probably just didn’t want to cost the Bengals a TD because of their own actions. Rough luck for the Raiders.
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) January 15, 2022
Referee Jerome Boger and the officials from Saturday’s Raiders-Bengals game are not expected to work again this NFL postseason:https://t.co/oPdfnJxQD7
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2022
31 years later, the kids from Cincinnati would exorcise some franchise daemons by defeating the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 in a wild finish. Joe Burrow was impressive in the first playoff game of his career. Burrow threw for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns while not turning the ball over. The often-criticized offensive line for the Bengals helped keep Burrow upright by only allowing 2 sacks in the win-or-go-home game.
Rookie sensation Ja’Marr Chase once again proved why he should be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year. The former LSU receiver caught 9 of 12 targets for 116 yards and had 3 carries for another 23 yards.
The power of this offense is scary for the rest of the league. Fellow receiver Tee Higgins was able to have an extremely quiet afternoon with just 1 catch and 10 yards on the day. Running back Joe Mixon had just 76 total yards running and catching. When one or more players have slow games, they have so much firepower that Chase and tight end CJ Uzomah were able to carry the load for the kids from Cincy!
I don’t think many are crowning the Bengals as Super Bowl favorites, but the young guns from Cincinnati put their city back on the map and put the league on notice. They’re for real and they’re going to be a problem for the rest of the league for years to come!
— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2022
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2022
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