Bengals in the playoffs: Lots of heartbreak, few victories

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Bengals have a chance to do something on Sunday that the franchise hasn't achieved in more than 20 years.

The Bengals last won a playoff game on Jan. 6, 1991 at Riverfront Stadium. The Bengals defeated AFC Central Division rival Houston 41-14 in an AFC Wild Card Game.

A week later on Jan. 13 in Los Angeles, the Bengals lost to the Raiders 20-10 at the famed Los Angeles Coliseum.

During that 1990 season the Bengals posted a 9-7 record and won the AFC Central Division. The Bengals wouldn't win a division title or appear in a playoff game for another 15 seasons.

Overall the Bengals are 5-11 in the postseason with two Super Bowl appearances.

Thanks in large part to, here's a look back at the Bengals' post season history.

Dec. 26, 1970 (AFC Divisional): In the Bengals' first playoff game, Cincinnati is shut out 17-0 by the Colts in Baltimore. Colts' quarterback Johnny Unitas passed for 145 yards and threw two touchdown passes.

Dec. 23, 1973 (AFC Divisional): The Miami Dolphins defeat the Bengals 34-16 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson passed for 113 yards with 1 interception. Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese threw two touchdown passes.

Dec. 28, 1975 (AFC Divisional): The Bengals lose to the Oakland Raiders 31-28 in Oakland. The Bengals at one point in the third quarter were down 24-7. Anderson passed for 201 yards and tossed two touchdown passes. Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler had three touchdown passes and an interception.

1981 season

Jan. 3, 1982 (AFC Divisional): In the first playoff game in Cincinnati, the Bengals defeat Buffalo 28-21 at Riverfront Stadium. The game was tied at 21 in the fourth quarter when Anderson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cris Collinsworth. Jim Breech added an extra point. It was the Bengals' first playoff victory.

Jan. 10, 1982 (AFC Championship): In a game that became known as the Freezer Bowl because of -4 degree weather, the Bengals advanced to the franchise's first Super Bowl with a 27-7 win over San Diego. The Bengals never trailed in the game. They were ahead 20-7 in the third quarter. Anderson tossed two touchdown passes and threw for 161 yards. Chargers' quarterback Dan Fouts threw for 185 yards with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

Jan. 24, 1982 (Super Bowl XVI): The Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The Bengals rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit.  49ers quarterback Joe Montana was named the game's most valuable player. Anderson with 300 yards passing, threw two interceptions and two touchdown passes.

Jan. 9, 1983 (AFC Wild Card): Following the regular season that was shortened by a players' strike, the New York Jets defeat the Bengals 44-17 at Riverfront Stadium.  Jets' quarterback Richard Todd threw for 269 yards. Anderson passed for 354 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

1988 season

Dec. 31, 1988 (AFC Divisional) : The Bengals defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-13 at Riverfront Stadium. The Bengals were ahead 21-0 at halftime. Bengals' running back Ickey Woods rushed for 126 yards with one touchdown.

Jan. 8, 1989 (AFC Championship): The Bengals defeated the Bills 21-10 at Riverfront Stadium to advance to the franchise's second Super Bowl appearance.  Woods rushed for 102 yards and scored two touchdowns.  Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly threw three interceptions and one touchdown pass.

Jan. 22, 1989 (Super Bowl XXIII): Playing the 49ers again in the Super Bowl, the Bengals were ahead 16-13 when San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter. 49ers' Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice was named the game's most valuable player. Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason passed for 144 yards with one interception and zero touchdown passes. The game was played at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium.

Jan. 6, 1991: (AFC Wild Card): This game at Riverfront Stadium to date is the Bengals' last playoff victory. The Bengals were ahead 34-0 in the third quarter. Esiason threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another.

Jan. 13, 1991 (AFC Divisional): The Bengals lose to the Los Angeles Raiders 20-10 in Los Angeles. Stanford Jennings caught the Bengals' only touchdown of the game. That fourth quarter catch and Jim Breech's extra point tied the game at 10 in the fourth quarter.

Jan. 8, 2006 (AFC Wild Card):  The Bengals lost 31-17 to their arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The game is most remembered by Bengals fans for Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer leaving the game with a severe knee injury after being hit by Pittsburgh defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen . The Steelers went on to win two more playoff games and the Super Bowl that year.

Jan. 9, 2010: (AFC Wild Card): The Bengals lose to the Jets 24-14 at Paul Brown Stadium. Palmer threw one touchdown pass and one interception. The Jets went ahead 14-7 in the second quarter and never trailed again.

Jan. 7, 2012 (AFC Wild Card): In Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's first playoff game, the Bengals lose to Houston Texans 31-10 in Houston. Dalton tossed three  interceptions and zero touchdown passes.

Jan. 5, 2013: (AFC Wild Card): The Bengals returned to Houston for a playoff game, losing 19-13 to the Texans. Dalton tossed one interception, throwing for 127 yards and zero touchdown passes.

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