Cincinnati Bengals Win First Playoff Game in 31 Years

Jayden Barfuss, Staff Writer

The Cincinnati Bengals win their first playoff game in 31 years vs The Las vegas Raiders 26-19 to book a ticket with the #1 seeded Tennessee Titans. The Bengals have had a wild ride to get here, with 2 years ago having the #1 overall pick being the worst team in the NFL.

With that #1 pick, the Bengals selected Heisman trophy winner national champion quarterback Joe Burrow. When they got Burrow people thought he was going to be the savior of the franchise but it did not start out that way. 

As Joe Burrow was going into the 10th game of his rookie season he tore his ACL to end his season. Which led the Bengals to a 4-11 season.

Fast forward a year and they just beat the Las Vegas Raiders in the playoffs 26-19. The game started off with the Raiders getting on the board with a 47-yard field goal to make the score 3-0. 

Later on, in the first quarter, the Bengals get the first touchdown of the game with a strike from Burrow to Cj Uzomah, and rookie kicker Evan Mcpherson hit a 31-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-3.

After the team traded field goals, making it 13-6, Burrow connected with Tyler Boyd to make it 20-6. The Raiders would then answer with a touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Zay Jones to make it 20-13. The teams traded field goals again to make it 23-13.

And the Bengals win the game 26-19. 

The Bengals have surprised a lot of people as they are advancing deeper into the playoffs; avid sports fan Boneville Senior Sam Neal was excited to see them win, “it was cool to see they finally made it after drafting well and signing good free agents they are young and exciting”. It was a great win now they are 1 win away from the Super Bowl; let’s hope they can win. 

**Story was originally written prior to any later games.