The Cincinnati Bengals entered Week 17 needing a win to finish off a perfect home record in 2013 and stay alive for the No. 2 seed in the AFC, while the Baltimore Ravens needed a win just to have a shot at making it to the NFL playoffs.
Playing at home in front of an electric Paul Brown Stadium crowd, the Bengals downed the Ravens, 34-17, and finished an undefeated record at home this year.
As expected, Twitter was buzzing about the Bengals' win. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick had a two-interception performance, one of which went for a touchdown, and that was a special football he wanted to make sure he gave to his son:
Dre Kirkpatrick gave INT for TD ball to his son. Says it's the first NFL game his son has been to.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) December 29, 2013
Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was lost for the year after suffering a torn shoulder labrum in the preseason, but he's remained one of the biggest Twitter cheerleaders for the Bengals after every game:
Great team win today#WhoDey— Emmanuel Lamur (@EmanLamur) December 29, 2013
Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth felt that Sunday's win over the Ravens was about earning respect from the defending Super Bowl champions:
Respect is earned not given! No matter who the opponent, prepare Who Dey nation!! Get ready to make it loud as possible!!! Lets get it!!!!— Andrew Whitworth (@BigWhit77_fndn) December 29, 2013
The Bengals had a chance to be the AFC No. 2 seed in the playoffs if the Patriots had lost to the Buffalo Bills, and it came as no surprise linebacker J.K. Schaffer was cheering for Buffalo after his game ended:
LET'S GO BUFFALO #WhoDey— JK Schaffer (@Schaff37) December 29, 2013
Bengals receiver A.J. Green shared those sentiments:
Asked AJ Green if he'll be watching Bills-Pats. Said, "I'm going to buy a Bills hat right now."— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 29, 2013
Ultimately, the Patriots would win, leaving the Bengals with the No. 3 seed, and they'll now host the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the playoffs:
All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins, currently on the injured reserve list, got straight down to business when talking about the Bengals' goal entering the playoffs:
Great win today, now it's time to make run in the playoffs to the Super Bowl, Who Dey!!!— Geno Atkins (@GenoSacks) December 29, 2013
The Bengals will now be off until next Sunday when they host the Chargers looking to end a drought of two decades without a playoff win. Hopefully for them, there will be more celebratory Twitter reactions next Sunday afternoon.