In the Cincinnati Bengals' third playoff appearance in four seasons, even the most critical of voices were starting to give the Bengals some merit. Mike Ditka picked Cincinnati to win on the Saturday morning edition of Sportscenter.
And yet, after 60 minutes of football, the critics will all think of the Bengals the same way they always have—they can't break the door down. It seemed that Cincinnati had finally earned some respect, but their performance in their wild-card matchup with Houston was anything but respect-worthy.
In a game where 95 percent of the team could be called losers, let's take a look at the key winners and losers from the showdown in Houston.