Giovani Bernard is one the most elusive running backs in team history. He showed it in this 35-yard TD run against Miami in primetime. It was almost like a whole drive compressed into twenty seconds. Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes made two missed tackles. Bernard logged almost 140 yards total on the windy road to pay dirt.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton throws up a bomb as time runs out, which is deflected into the hands of WR A.J. Green for a miraculous Hail Mary TD to force overtime in 2013. The Bengals had trailed 17-0 at halftime but tied the game with this miraculous hail mary.
The 2015 season was promising, but Andy Dalton broke his thumb in December against the Steelers.
A.J. McCarron was the Quarterback for the final month and led the Bengals into the playoffs against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers; the Steelers are hated because their fan base is and team is as dirty as a team can get. The Bengals were down 15-0 in the fourth quarter and then mounted a frantic comeback.
McCarron found Green open wide for a touchdown in the most significant throw of his professional career. This score gave the Bengals a lead of 17-15 in the fourth quarter with under two minutes left. Let’s pretend that the game was over at that point.
The Greatest Bengal of all, Anthony Munoz caught a game-tying touchdown pass with time running out in 1984 against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals trailed with 5 minutes left, 17-7; a Jim Breech FG put them down by seven points and with time running out, Munoz caught his first-ever touchdown pass, and the Bengals would win in overtime on a Jim Breech Field Goal.
Simpson played his first four NFL seasons for the Bengals. While he will not be remembered as a great player, he did make one of the greatest plays in Bengals’ history.
In Week 16, 2011, Cincinnati held a lead of 23-0 over Arizona with “The Flip”. A standing front flip is not something that many can do, and even fewer can go over Daryl Washington to score a touchdown.
Corey Dillon was one the most controversial players in Bengals history. However, he rallied the entire fanbase on October 22, 2000. Cincinnati started with a 0-6 record. In their new stadium, they were winless.
Dillon broke the NFL single-game record for rushing yards at 278 yards. Dillon’s 41-yard sprint down the sideline secured the victory and the record for the most yards gamed in a single game. Dillon broke Walter Payton’s 1977 record of 275 yards. Jamal Lewis from Baltimore would eventually surpass it with his 295-yard day in 2003. But Dillon and the Bengals stunned the football world when they defeated the Broncos.
An excellent candidate for any Bengals, Mt. Ken Riley, the ultimate ballhawk for fifteen years, was still a force in his final season. He is the fifth-most prolific NFL interceptor with 65.
This 1983 victory against the Browns was one of his most important. Late in the fourth quarter, tied 21-21, Riley intercepted Brian Sipe to take it to the house in a 28-21 Bengals win.
The Bengals had a habit of losing to the Steelers at the end of the season or even early in the season and missing the playoffs. The Bengals and Steelers battled on a frozen Riverfront Stadium field in a battle for first place in the AFC Central with just one game remaining after this. Lemar Parrish intercepted Terry Bradshaw and turned it into a pick-six in the first half as the Bengals trailed 10-7 at halftime. Ken Anderson would then go on to through for 200 yards in the second half against the Steel Curtain and, with time running out, hit Pat McInally on a deep bomb that gave the Bengals a 17-10 win over the Steelers. The Bengals, of course, still lost the division by losing to the Oilers the next week, 21-17. Go to the 13 minute mark of the video below to see the play.
This play was huge for many reasons; the Bengals needed a win to clinch the AFC Central. A loss here would have placed the 1988 AFC Championship in Buffalo. The Redskins had a dreadful season after winning the Super Bowl the previous season but had a 29-yard FG to win the game and kill the Bengals shot at a divisional title and home-field advantage in the playoffs. Lohmiller had never missed a field goal of fewer than 30 yards in his career, but he smacked this one wide right off the upright, and the Bengals won in overtime. To make it even better, the Colts upset the Bills the next day, giving the Bengals a home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
This was huge because it sealed the Bengals first playoff win since January 1991. The curse was broken on a fourth down play as the Raiders were close to tying the game and sending it to overtime; the curse had finally been broken!
The ravens were on the doorstep of taking a touchdown lead as they sat at the one-yard line. The Ravens defense was dominant, and this looked like many games we had seen in our history! Luckily for the Bengals, we no longer live in the past, we live in the present, and the Bengals’ luck has finally turned. Tyler Huntley goes over the top, Sam Hubbard blocks it, Germaine Pratt bats it out of the pile to Sam Hubbard, who takes it 98 yards, and the fumble in the jungle is born.
Money Mac made believers of us all with this 52-yard field goal to advance the Bengals to the AFC Championship game.
The Bengals led 13-6 at the end of the third quarter thanks to Jennings’ 93-yard touchdown return in Super Bowl XXIII.
Joe Montana was able to find the end zone twice in the fourth quarter, but Cincinnati could not stop him. Since 1988, the Bengals have not been to the Super Bowl. Jennings’ play is undoubtedly the greatest in team history.
If Al Michaels was calling this game as the kick went through, he could have screamed that the impossible dream had come true! Nobody thought the Bengals had any chance to even get this far, but to beat the mighty Kansas City Chiefs? The National media gave them no chance. The Bengals trailed at one point 21-3 in this game and staged one of the most improbable comebacks in NFL history to advance to their third Super Bowl in team history.
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