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Super Bowl hopes end for the Bengals in Indianapolis, lose 26-10

It's the fourth straight time the Bengals have lost in the AFC wild card game (PHOTO: FOX19 File Photo) It's the fourth straight time the Bengals have lost in the AFC wild card game (PHOTO: FOX19 File Photo)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (FOX19) - The road to the Super Bowl ended in Indianapolis for the Bengals as they lost to the Colts 26-10 in the AFC wild card game."This is a disappointing finish," head coach Marvin Lewis said after the game.

It's the fourth straight time the Bengals have lost in the AFC wild card game. 

The Bengals extended a playoff losing streak to seven Sunday.  They are tied with the Lions and behind the Chiefs' (eight game) playoff losing streak.

"It's tough, but until we do it everyone will continue to say we can't do it," Andy Dalton said after the game. 

Last time the Bengals won a playoff game was in 1991 for the 1990-1991 NFL playoffs.

As of Sunday's loss, it's been 8,764 days since the Bengals last won a playoff game. In that time division foes, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, have been to six total Super Bowls, bringing home four Lombardi trophies.

"It hurts. It's the same thing every year. It just hurts,” said Tyler Walker of Erlanger.

Sunday afternoon became just another chapter in the same old story.

"It sucks. It's awful. It is not good. We make it to the playoffs and we fail every time,” said Scott Franzer of Tipp City.

Jeremy Hill scored the lone Bengals touchdown in the first quarter punching in at the 1 yard line. He rushed for 47 yards on 13 attempts.

The Bengals offense was shut out in the second half after scoring 10 total points in the first half.

With No A.J. Green and no Jermaine Gresham, Andy Dalton's weapons were few.  He was 18 of 35 for 155 with no touchdowns and interceptions but had one fumble."I didn't play enough. I need to do more. I need to push our guys more," Dalton said. 

"Thought Andy Dalton played fine. Did a good job of doing his part. We can't expect superhuman plays," Lewis said.

Rookie tight end Ryan Hewitt and running back Rex Burkhead each had three receptions for 37 and 34  total yards

Andrew Luck was 31 of 41 with 376 yards passing and one touchdown for the Colts. 

Former Bengal Daniel "Boom" Herron had an impressive game with 10 receptions for 85 yards and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts.

The Bengals end the season 10-6-1.

The game of football is a game measured by inches. For Bengals fans, those inches are now measured in years. It's been almost 24 years to the day since the franchise has found victory in the postseason.

"We have to sit here and watch the Baltimore Ravens move on. I feel like that's the same thing every year. It's the Ravens or the Steelers. It's not the Bengals,” said Walker.

With four years of playoff frustration mounting, some fans are now calling for a housecleaning.

"Marvin's gotta go. Andy Dalton's gotta go,” said Brett Mezger of Cincinnati.

"I'm questioning our coaching. I'm questioning the ownership, and I'm questioning our head quarterback,” Franzer told FOX19 NOW.

Andy Dalton is a four-year veteran that has led his team to the playoffs in each of those four season.

"Keep Marvin Lewis. Keep all the guys here even though they say, 'No.' If you think about it, how many guys, quarterbacks, first four times, make it to the playoffs? Very little,” said Ian Bailey of Cincinnati.

Many fans, trying to shake off the loss, are living by the old saying, “There's always next year.”

"We just want to get over that hump. Let me win a playoff game. We'll be here next year. Something tells me we'll all be here next year,” said Cincinnati native, Tim Kern.

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