Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bengals stumble into the playoffs

The Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Baltimore Ravens at home, 24-16. The stadium was full and loud. Kudos to you Bengals fans. The game came down to mistakes and two big explosive plays. The Bengals during one Ravens TD drive committed a group of penalties. Another mistake? Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham fumbled the ball. And then there were two big long TD runs by Ravens running back Ray Rice. Game over.

But the Bengals could still could get in the playoffs as the final Wild Card if the New York Jets lost and either the Denver Broncos or the Oakland Raiders lost. All those teams lost. The Bengals are in. At least the Bengals enter the playoffs with a winning record.

It will take a small miracle for the Bengals to get into the Super Bowl. It will take a bigger one for them to win it. Hey, let's use the baseball example here. The St. Louis Cardinals stumbled into the playoffs in 2006 and 2011. The result? They won the World Series twice. So, it's possible the Bengals could win it all.

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