Bengals - 13
Texans - 19
The Bengals did what they could on the defensive side of the ball, but the stale offense just could not get a head of steam at any point to keep pace with Houston.
Even after a blazing 7-1 finish to the season, the Bengals simply could not perform in the spotlight once again as the Texans looked to be one step ahead of them for the duration.
The Bengals could not overcome the last of their demons by winning a playoff game as they now go to 0-4 under Marvin Lewis in his 10 years with the club.
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Grades for players and positional units are based upon the criteria listed below:
An "A" grade is granted to a player who far surpasses the expectations set out for him during the game. This player will absolutely be a key factor to the success of his team.
A "B" grade will be given to a player who plays at an above-average level and contributes throughout the game with very few mistakes.
A "C" grade is handed to a player who has an average game. He may not put up gaudy numbers or be a major contributor, but he will not be the main cause for certain team failures.
A "D" grade will be granted to a player who plays below his ability level. This player would have seen better days on the field and would most likely want a do-over for his performance.
An "F" grade will stick to a player who fails at all levels during a game. He may even be one key factor to a team's struggles, or even their loss.