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Even Andy Dalton could not avoid a Bengals playoff loss.
The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs three times since 2005, but they have yet to win a playoff game.
In the Bengals 2005 playoff appearance, they lost a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers after Carson Palmer suffered a devastating knee injury on the opening drive of the game.
The 2009 playoffs ended for the Bengals before they even began as they lost to the New York Jets 37-0 in Week 17 and were handed a 24-14 playoff loss by the same Jets in the first round.
2011 was similar for Cincinnati as they got crushed by the Houston Texans 31-10 in the first round.
The problem for the Bengals is that the team seems to have problems in their final four games of the season when they make the playoffs.
Cincinnati has not had a winning record in their final four games of the season in each of the last three years they have made the playoffs.
Momentum is an important thing for any football team, and the Bengals have not been able the carry any momentum in the the playoffs in any playoff visit since 2005.
Winning a playoff game is the final step in the list of improvements the Bengals must make—not only if they want to become a better football team, but also to be respected in the NFL.
The Cincinnati Bengals proved in 2011 that they are one of the NFL's most improved and up-and-coming teams.
2012 is a year for them to prove they are here to stay.