After a win over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the 2022-23 NFL playoffs, the Bengals are now 10-15 in 15 playoff appearances.
They’ve lost in the Wild Card Round eight times, lost in the Divisional Round four times, and lost in the Super Bowl three times.
Cincinnati Bengals Playoff History
The Bengals made the playoffs for the first time in 1970, losing a divisional-round matchup to the Baltimore Colts.
After a short drought, they again made the divisional round in 1973 and again lost, this time to the Miami Dolphins. It was the same story in 1975 with a loss to the Oakland Raiders.
The franchise got its first playoff victory in 1981, knocking off the Buffalo Bills and beating the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship Game before advancing to the Super Bowl. The Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers in 1981 and repeated the feat against the 49ers in the 1988 Super Bowl. A playoff win in 1990 against the Houston Oilers in the Wild Card round was the last one before a very long drought.
The franchise went 15 years without a playoff berth until making the Wild Card round in 2005 (a loss to the Steelers). They would lose six times in the Wild Card round in seven seasons under Marvin Lewis before Burrow entered the picture.
In the 2021-22 playoffs, the Bengals beat the Las Vegas Raiders, the Tennessee Titans, and the Kansas City Chiefs to advance to the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams. That makes the Bengals 3-0 in AFC Championship Games and 0-3 in Super Bowls.
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