2012 NFL Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals Poised to Win 1st Playoff Game Since 1991

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2012

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 20:  Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20,  2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 31-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals limped into the postseason Sunday courtesy of a Denver Broncos’ loss. The Bengals—despite losing to the Baltimore Ravens—secured the Wild Card, becoming the sixth seed in the AFC.

The playoff berth sets up a rematch with the Houston Texans.

Most Bengals fans will remember the heartbreaking loss to the Texans on December 11th when third string rookie quarterback T.J. Yates led the Texans on an 80-yard drive to score the winning touchdown with two seconds left.

Now the Bengals get a chance at revenge—this time in Houston.

This time the Bengals will be the underdog as the road team and lower seed. The Bengals more than showed in the regular season matchup that they can compete with the Texans.

The Texans are in a free-fall: The team has lost three straight, including losses to the Carolina Panthers, the 2-14 Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.

The Bengals don’t have much momentum either, coming off of a loss to the Ravens, but it’s better than coming off three consecutive losses to inferior opponents.

Ironically enough, the Bengals last postseason victory was against a Houston team when the Bengals won 41-14. Look for the Bengals to repeat history and put the Texans out of their misery Sunday with the first playoff victory since 1991.