Still no playoff win for Bengals
01/05/2015 11:29 AM
The Bengals made the trip over on 74-W to Indianapolis this weekend looking for their first playoff win since January 6, 1991. Making the playoffs for a fourth straight year is no easy task, but it’s been clear all season that only a playoff victory would count this year a success.
Cincinnati was unable to find that success Sunday. The Bengals came up short, losing to the Colts 26-10. The game was close at half, with the Colts leading 13-10. Cincinnati actually went to the locker room with the momentum after a 57-yard field goal by Mike Nugent. It was a career-high for Nugent and a Bengals franchise record. The 57-yarder was also the second longest field goal in NFL playoff history.
Unfortunately for the Bengals, they didn’t carry that momentum into the second half. They went three-and-out on nearly every possession while the Colts put 10 more points on the board. The Bengals were unable to get a first down in the second half until the fourth quarter when they were already trailing 26-10.
In the locker room after the game, Marvin Lewis and his players didn’t want to make excuses, but there’s no denying the team was hurt by injuries. A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham were both inactive, leaving the offense with a severe lack of weapons. They also lost Rey Maualuga to a hamstring injury early in the game.
The loss makes Marvin Lewis 0-6 in career playoff games as Bengals head coach. Andy Dalton drops to 0-4 in playoff games. When it comes to the question of why this franchise continues to struggle in the playoffs, there weren’t many answers Sunday.
“The only way to do it is just at some point whoever it is, wherever it be, whatever it’ll be, they’ll go back to work and put their heads down and work to kick the door down,” said Lewis. “That’s all you can do and there’s no other words about it.”
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