For Third Straight Year, Cincinnati is Knocked Out of the First Round of Playoffs

By Ross Fulton on January 5, 2014 at 5:27p

Andy Dalton threw two interceptions and one self-imposed fumbled, and the Bengals were outscored by the San Diego Chargers 20-0 in the second half, losing 27-10. The Bengals lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight season, and have not won a playoff game since 1990. The Bengals defense held the Chargers to multiple red zone field goals, but ultimately could not overcome the offense's turnovers.



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hansman's picture life as an Ohio sports fan that is. But, you can never take Ohio State's 2002 national championship and the Reds 1990 World Series away from me! If you could, I would have nothing but many, many, many talented teams playing amazing all year long (or sometimes for two and three straight years) only to fail miserably when it matters most.
Buckeyes- Lost twice in the national championship to the conference I hate the most. That's after Cooper never being able to win the final two games of the year and Meyer not losing for two straight regular seasons with nothing to show for it. Buckeye basketball- Been pumping out NBA picks for years only to lose in a national championship game to Florida, and fall short multiple other times after making deep tourney runs. Bengals- 3 straight playoff appearances, zero playoff wins since 1988 when I watched them lose in the last minute in the Super Bowl. Won every game at home this season to win their division and then lose by 17 at home in the playoffs. Reds- Have won their division and made multiple postseason appearances after years of futility only to fall completely flat in the postseason and even blow a 3-0 lead at home to a wild card team. Blue Jackets- Fell one win short of the postseason last year after an amazing finish and got creamed in the only postseason playoff appearance in their history.
And, we all know where I'd be if I had dropped the Bengals/Reds for the Browns/Indians. The best decision I have every made was the trip to the national championship game in 2003. I will never forget it and it becomes an even better decision after every disappointment.
Btw, this probably should have been on the Ohio sports teams fail thread instead.

roamingbuckeye's picture

all of this. yes. 1000 upvotes for you, sir, if I could. and being an Ohio sports fan living out of state I cant even count the number of times I've had the same "but what happened, you guys were doing so well" conversation...

"I just cant wait to play football." -UFM

weimerad's picture

Way to go Ray Lewis for picking them to win the Super Bowl

ATXbucknut's picture

Once again they looked like they could do some damage during the regular season, but then just sort of fizzled...

Brandon26841's picture

It'll be the same 'ol shit next year too. That team will win 10-12 games, lose in the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs, head into 2015 with no QB under contract and be picking in the 20s in the draft, and they'll basically be in QB limbo. I don't know when they're ever going to get an actual legitimate, franchise QB, because they're never going to be in a position to get one; they'll be drafting too high. Dalton can be great at times, but he's obviously not the guy. Way too inconsistent, and he has plenty of weapons around him. Ugh, there's so much talent being wasted on this roster right now. 

DLB1276's picture

"I didn't see that one coming.“ -No one.

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Hovenaut's picture

Just a shame.

I think Marv Lewis is running out of time there.

GoBucks10's picture

Marvin has been out of time for a while.  In my humble opinion, Marvin is equivalent to Dusty Baker.  Both are good coaches/managers, but neither seems to have the ability to get across the finish line.
Dalton also showed how mediocre of a quarterback he is.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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hansman's picture

And, Marvin and Dusty are also the equivalent of Cooper and Thad Matta. It's a good thing I'm not a fan of all of those teams. And, it's a good thing Ohio State now has a coach besides Cooper. The only problem is that while they have since had coaches who can win it all, one went 1 for 3 and the other won all of his at his last school. And, I still have to deal with the ones who can't win anything too.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Thad Matta.

His name should not be in there.

It's a good thing I'm not a fan of all of those teams.

So you're a jinx. XD

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

hansman's picture

Yes, Matta's name should be there. He is the football equivalent of Tressel without the national championship. That's not saying I'm not grateful for all the great players and BIG championships he has brought us, but I was speaking of coaches who have had success but haven't been able to capture the ultimate other words, every current coach in Ohio except Meyer who hasn't done it for us yet. And, yeah....I must be a jinx because I've live in Ohio my whole life and cheer for all Ohio teams. Shouldn't that have been in sarcasm font or were you reallly serious?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I think Marv Lewis is running out of time there.

He was out of time 3 years ago.

The man was just blown out at home by the most annoying NFL QB ever. That alone deserves an immediate firing.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

GoBucks713's picture

I think the Bengals own QB is more annoying than Phillip Rivers and Jay Cutler combined. The guy has all of the tools around him to win championships and he freezes up. Put a halfway competent QB on this team and they would take everyone to the woodshed.  

-The Aristocrats!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm just talking about as a person. Philip Rivers has a face even his mother would punch.

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GoBucks713's picture

Well yeah in that regard, you are correct. But Philly R and Jay Cutler are both in a league of their own.

-The Aristocrats!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I don't mind Cutler. People just get their feelings hurt because he doesn't give a crap what they think about him.

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BEASTMODE34's picture

Mike Brown will not fire a coach that makes the playoffs year after year. 

unholy bucknut's picture

Yeah and they only have to pay him twenty bucks in hostess snack cakes to coach too. Cincy doesn't want to pay coaches and Marvin makes the playoffs for practically free. He isn't going anywhere anytime soon I fear.

PittBuckeye's picture

The Bungles at their finest. They Clemson better than Clemson could ever dream.

Jonnferrell's picture

It's a curse.  I don't know why, who, or how, but a curse.  Gotta be.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Mute's picture

Dalton is so good!

hansman's picture

Why does Dalton only play like either the best QB in the league or worst QB in the league with never any in between? In case you didn't know already, in the three straight playoff appearances Dalton #2 has shown up.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Bengals have to be the NFL's stupidest team.  Dalton is a very capable QB but he's still young and way too inconsistent.  I don't know what you do...let him continue to develop or explore other options...

Class of 2010.

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Madaris32's picture

When Mike Brown goes away or suddenly become competent, is when they'll succeed in the playoffs. Promote Lewis to GM because he is really good at evaluating talent. Then hire a head coach.

Ivan Madaris

JrSprad's picture

The only problem with this line of reasoning is that the whole Brown family is involved in the management of this team, and I have no reason to believe that the kids are any more competent than the father.  The only way we probably ever sniff the Super Bowl is dumb luck.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Trade Marvin Lewis, and fire Andy Dalton.

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BuckeyeChris's picture

As a Browns fan, I just shake my head. Why is Ohio football so cursed?! I have to imagine Marvin Lewis' days are numbered in Cincy (see: Dusty Baker). I wouldn't be surprised if the Benglas draft QB in the 2nd or 3rd to at least make Dalton sweat. 

hit_the_couch's picture

Gettin' used to the Reds, Bengals and occasionally Buckeyes faltering when it matters.
Dalton is too damn inconsistent; I thought for sure he'd be OK after bad Andy showed up last week. Damn gingers.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Knarcisi's picture

I swear Marvin Lewis has 9 lives. 

Mute's picture

I love how every playoff game so far has been extremely close
except for the Bungles

InvertMyVeer's picture

Oh Bungles... same crap different toilet.

Football is complicated...

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Hell, even the Browns have won a playoff game more recently than the Bengals (and we've only had 1 playoff game in the past 15 years)

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Phillips.449's picture

Are you saying you wouldn't trade scenarios at this point Nova?  As a Cincy Native and reluctant Bengals fan, I would not trade with the Browns. I am by no means saying I am satisfied by this run of losses in the 1st game of the playoffs, but it is certainly better than the string of ~15 years without a playoff appearance the Bungles had prior.  I am just glad I have my alma mater.  GO BUCKS! 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Browns. lol

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JrSprad's picture

There really isn't much difference between being a Browns fan and a Bengals fan.  One has learned to expect to lose every game, and the other has learned to expect to lose every first round playoff game.
As Ricky Bobby taught us..."If you ain't first, you're last."

jbirmmd's picture

They need to pick Aaron Murray in the 2nd or 3rd round so they may have a QB to develop.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

As a Cowboys fan I feel the pain from Bengals fans.  At least you made it to the playoffs this year.

JrSprad's picture

First the Buckeyes go from a shot to play for the MNC to losers of the Orange Bowl in the span of two games.  
Then the Bengals go from showing promise as AFC North Champs (one New England loss away from a first round bye I might add) to yet another first round playoff exit.
At this point I fully expect the basketball Buckeyes to win the B1G, earn a 1 seed, and get bounced in either the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight, at which point I will officially lose my shit.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Dear God no...

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andretolstoy's picture

I like Dalton's response after the game. It gives me a glimmer of hope that he can improve. "JohnnyFootball" can go elsewhere, thank you.
I think Cincy has come a long way. Defensively, they're stout. Nothing personal against the offensive coaches, but I just cannot figure them out. Is it J. Gruden? Their offensive playing has been confusing all year. Perhaps they need a stout RB? Personally, and OC who has Dane, and doesn't involve Dane isn't worth his salt.
I'm still a fan. I love my Bengals.

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klfeck's picture

This loss came as a surprise to no one outside of delusional Bengals fans. 



Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

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spacemonkey57's picture

I don't know how you could ever bitch about Matta.  Ohio State Basketball is not Ohio State Football.  

jrich612's picture

Andy Dalton is not the answer that Cincy thought he was. I said it from day 1 when they drafted him. As a Cleveland fan, I know bad quarterbacks and he is one. The amount of offensive firepower he has around him leaves no excuse for choking that hard in every big game. The question is whether the front office is ready to find a new quarterback, or if they want to go down with the red ship. 

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EddieG27's picture

I too liked what dalton had to say after the game. People tend to forget that this was only his 3rd yr in the national football league!! With that being said the bengals should give him 1 more yr to prove himself and if nothing changes its time to move on

IBleedSandG's picture

I don't know which loss pisses me off more, tOSU or the Bengals. I think I'd have to go with the Bengals. Home game, playing a team you've already beaten, team has been awesome at home, etc. Uggggggh. Sunday was the 4th game I attended this year, and it was the only one they lost. I'd trade any or all of the other Ws for a first rd playoff win.
I've usually been a Dalton backer, but I don't know if I can anymore. As most of the media has said, "the Bengals have too many weapons on offense, to go home this early." I don't know what QB they could draft in the middle rounds that could come in and challenge Dalton, but I'm starting to think that might not be such a bad idea. Andy just made some awful decisions. I wish he would learn how to be a little more decisive when moving around or out of the pocket. And he has to lead the NFL in INTs thrown on out routes. For whatever reason, he is just a half second slow when making that throw (most of the time).
Crappy way for my teams seasons to end, but both teams will be contenders next season.
Hopefully the winter is short-lived, so I can play some golf in March.