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  • Paul Brown Returns to Football

    The Bengals arrive on Sept. 26, 1967 as the newest member of the American Football League. Two things are certain. Cincinnati is a two-sport town on the pro scene and Paul Brown is back. "I'm breathing again," he says on a September night the Bengals take their first breath.

  • Bengals Stun Raiders in First Regular Season Game at Riverfront

    Sept. 20, 1970 Bengals stun John Madden's Super Bowl favorite Raiders in the season opener.

  • Top 50 Moments: Forrest Gregg Leads Bengals to First Super Bowl

    On Jan. 10, 1982, owner Paul Brown walked through the minus-59 wind chill to the home locker room to congratulate the first Bengals team to ever go to the Super Bowl. "I remember how elated he was," said coach Forrest Gregg. "He had a big smile and said, 'We're going to the Super Bowl.'"

  • Offensive Line goes Sleeveless in Freezer Bowl

    Dave Lapham remains a stone cold lock as a footnote to history. In the 59-below wind chill of Riverfront Stadium on January 10, 1982, he convinced the Bengals offensive line to put something up its sleeve before taking the field for a game that began as the AFC title game but ended as “The Freezer Bowl.”

  • Corey Dillon Sets Rookie Rushing Record

    The only thing missing in this Thursday night ESPN game on Dec. 4, 1997 is the throwback jersey. In the third start of his reunion tour, 36-year-old quarterback Boomer Esiason dissects the Oilers' eight-man front so precisely that running back Corey Dillon breaks Jim Brown's 40-year-old rookie rushing record with 246 yards during the Bengals 41-14 victory.

  • Paul Brown Carried Off Field as Bengals Advance to Playoffs

    Dec. 20, 1970, and his players are carrying Brown off the field with the brand new Riverfront Stadium scoreboard flashing, "Baltimore Here We Come," as some of the 60,157 spill on to the turf around them.

  • Paul Brown Stadium Opens Gates to 130,000 Fans

    The Paul Brown Stadium gates open for the first time on Aug. 16, 2000 and Cincinnati police estimate about 130,000 stream through the riverfront super structure during an open house between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. The club is expecting about 25,000 for the entire six hours, but by 6:30 the count is already at 35,000 passing through sampling concessions and seats and touring the player facilities.

  • Carson Palmer Completes Injury Comeback

    Ever been to the postseason in preseason? Who else but Carson Comeback can take Bengaldom there in August? Aug. 28, 2006 to be exact. In front of anxious teammates, coaches, a sold-out Paul Brown Stadium brimming with a preseason record of 65,614, and a national TV audience, Palmer serves notice that his reconstructed left knee has done him no harm.

  • November to Remember Rolls on with AFC Title Game Preview

    The November to Remember rolls on with the Bengals going into San Diego and smoking the high-flying Chargers and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, 40-17. The Nov. 8, 1981 game turns out to be a preview of the AFC title game, but long before the Bengals ice the Chargers in Cincinnati they scorch them on the road in a dominating 31-7 first half that all but gives them home-field advantage for the storied rematch.

  • Boomer Esiason Goes Deep on Final NFL Throw

    In the NFL equivalent of Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat, No. 7 uncorks a 77-yard touchdown pass to Darnay Scott on his last NFL throw against Baltimore in the 1997 finale on Dec. 21 at Cinergy Field.

  • Bengals and Browns Combine for 106 Points

    On Nov. 28, 2004, the Bengals and Browns combined for 106 points in Cincinnati's 58-48 win at Paul Brown Stadium. It was the highest scoring game by both teams in an NFL game since the 1970 merger, as well as the second highest scoring game in league history.

  • Blakemania is Born

    Bengals president Mike Brown once said Jeff Blake came to the Bengals from Hollywood. They ended up shooting the first scene at an unsuspecting Riverfront Stadium on Oct. 30, 1994 against the defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys.

  • Top 50 Moments: Marvin Lewis Hired as Bengals Head Coach

    As Marvin Lewis steps to the microphones on the night of Jan. 14, 2003 in a hotel in Point Clear, Ala., as the Bengals' ninth head coach, the point is quite clear. With the franchise in the depths of its worst season ever and a five-year run of just 19 wins, the Bengals have broken nearly all their traditions in turning to the charismatic, intense, and highly-regarded defensive mind.

  • Bengals Beat Bills for First Playoff Win in Franchise History

    It took four tries, but the AFC Central Division Champion Bengals finally won a playoff game on Jan. 3, 1982 in their first-ever postseason home contest when they held off a rallying Bills Wild Card team, taking the first step toward Super Bowl XVI.

  • March to Super Bowl XVI Begins with Comeback Win

    The march to the first Super Bowl starts off quietly and obscurely on Sept. 6 in front of an intimate gathering of 41,177 at Riverfront in the 1981 regular season opener.

  • Bengals Trade for James Brooks

    early 20 years after the Orioles stole Frank Robinson from Cincinnati in one of sports' most lopsided trades, the Bengals get one back for the Queen City on May 29, 1984 when they deal leading rusher Pete Johnson to San Diego for a little used and just plain little running back named James Brooks.

  • Parrish Masters Unconventional Scoring

    On Oct. 6, 1974, cornerback and return specialist Lemar Parrish had a 90-yard punt return touchdown and 47-yard fumble return touchdown against the Redskins in a 28-17 Bengals victory.

  • Dalton-Green Era Kicks Off With a Win

    Even though Dalton leaves with an injured wrist at halftime of the 2011 season opener, he becomes just the fifth rookie quarterback since the 1970 merger to win a road opener in his NFL debut in the Bengals’ 27-17 victory over the Browns.

  • Bengals Clinch AFC Central Title in Overtime

    Jim Breech calls it "Divine Providence," and the 52,157 who witness it on the riverfront can only agree after a 20-17 numbing overtime victory over the Super Bowl champion Redskins fittingly ends this Ripley's Believe It Or Not 1988 regular season with more improbable drama and home-field advantage.

  • An MVP is born as Anderson rebounds to lead 31-30 win over Jets

    As the Bengals reminisce about the 1981 Super Bowl season, their recollections always go back to the first two games. This one at Shea Stadium in New York on a U.S. Open weekend comes a week after head coach Forrest Gregg pulls quarterback Ken Anderson in the first half of the opener at Riverfront Stadium. Anderson saves his career and points his team to the Super Bowl by engineering a 31-30 win over the Jets.

  • Bengals Score 24 Points in Fourth Quarter Comeback Victory

    On Dec. 5, 2004, Carson Palmer generates 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Bengals to their second biggest road comeback ever in a 27-26 victory over the Ravens.

  • Anthony Munoz Inducted into Hall of Fame

    As he did during his brilliant 13-year NFL career and later in his even more accomplished life as a spiritual and community leader, Anthony Munoz reaches out to others on the day he becomes the first Bengal inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Ickey Shuffle Dance Marathon Continues in AFC Title Game

    This dance marathon known as the 1988 season keeps taking another step and Ickey Woods saves the last dance for the Bengals when he leads a punishing running attack to victory in an AFC title game filed with controversy and cunning. Even though his "No Huddle" has been outlawed by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle two hours before the Jan. 8, 1989 game, Bengals head coach Sam Wyche is still clever enough to hatch a 21-10 win over the Bills and get carried off the Riverfront Stadium turf to Miami and a date against mentor Bill Walsh in Super Bowl XXIII.

  • Bengals Beat Undefeated Chiefs

    On Nov. 16, 2003, the 5-5 Bengals are in first place at the latest point in the season since their 1990 playoff run and a delirious PBS record crowd of 64,923 has screamed so loud that Jon Kitna pronounces, "The Jungle is back." Marvin Lewis praises it, and in an emotional locker room he chokes back tears awarding a game ball to Bengals president Mike Brown after a 24-19 victory over the 9-0 Chiefs validates his rebuilding project.

  • Jim Breech Perfect in OT

    Jim Breech is the best kicker in Bengals' history. In his 13 seasons with the Bengals, Breech used his size 5 cleat to boot his way to becoming the all-time leading scorer in franchise history. When the pressure was on in overtime, Breech shined.

  • Top 50 Moments: Bengals Upset Defending Super Bowl Champ Ravens

    With emotions running high at a flag-filled Paul Brown Stadium in their first game since the Sept. 11 tragedy, the Bengals respond with an upset when they beat the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens, 21-10.

  • Bengals Score 20 Straight Points, Beat Seattle in OT

    The Bengals scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and overtime to take down two-time NFC champion Seattle 27-24 in overtime at rollicking sold-out Paul Brown Stadium before 65,004 believers on Oct. 11, 2015.

  • Bengals Score 61 Points in a Game

    It is the next-to-last game of the season and the defending AFC champion Bengals need this one on Dec. 17, 1989 against the hated Oilers to stay in the playoff chase with an 8-7 record. They do a lot more than that in matching the club record for most points in a game and exceeding the already loose bounds of the intense rivalry between head coaches Sam Wyche of Cincinnati and Jerry Glanville of Houston.

  • Paul Brown Names Team the Bengals

    The American Football League’s newest team won’t be the Buckeyes even though head coach and general manager Paul Brown coached Ohio State to a national title. Brown opts for “Bengals,” because it has animation and is the name of Cincinnati’s pro football team that played on the fringes of the NFL from 1937-41.

  • Bengals become first AFC Central-North team to hit 8-0

    Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu breaks open a one-touchdown game when he runs a reverse for a 25-yard touchdown with 13:26 left in the game on Nov. 5, 2015 as his 8-0 Bengals secure a 31-10 victory over the Browns at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium.

  • Corey Dillon Breaks Single-Game Rushing Record

    Bengals running back Corey Dillon pulls out a game for the ages, breaking one of pro sports' hallowed records when he tumbles into the end zone with 1:49 left in the game at the end of a 41-yard run that gives Dillon the single-game NFL rushing record with 278 yards and the Bengals a 31-21 victory.

  • “You Don’t Live in Cleveland, You Live in Cincinnati”

    Look for one of the top 10 NFL Film quotes of all time, and Bengals head coach Sam Wyche's "You Don't Live In Cleveland, You Live in Cincinnati," has stood the test of time.

  • Stanford Jennings Returns Kickoff in Super Bowl XXIII

    Call it the high tide of Bengaldom as the third quarter closes on the beaches of Miami. Running back Stanford Jennings has just raced 93 yards to return the second-ever Super Bowl kickoff for a touchdown.

  • Paul Brown Gets First Win over Cleveland

    Head coach Paul Brown get his first win over Cleveland with a 14-10 victory on Nov. 15, 1970.

  • Bengals Sweep Steelers in War of 18-12

    The Bengals flex their muscles on Nov. 15, 2009 to out-Steeler the Steelers to win the brutal War of 18-12 that gives them all the tiebreakers and puts them on the verge of a division sweep as well as in the hunt for a top AFC seed at 7-2.

  • Bengals Hit Jackpot in Trading Deadline Blockbuster for Palmer

    Carson Palmer goes to bed on the eve of the NFL’s trading deadline believing he’ll never play again and is pondering other professions. But at 4 a.m. he gets a text from agent David Dunn sending him to Oakland and elevating Bengals president Mike Brown into conversations for executive of the year.

  • No-Huddle Offense Leads 1988 Bengals to Super Bowl

    The 1988 Bengals were ahead of their time on a grease board slick with Xs and Os that belong on an iPad. Their 12-4 run, 8-0 domination at home, and heartbreaking Super Bowl loss turned out to be a snapshot of early 21st century football.

  • Boomer Wins One for Gunnar

    With the chants of “Boomer, Boomer,” still ringing in his ears and his famous left arm that once claimed an NFL MVP still warm from a 105.2 passer rating, quarterback Boomer Esiason knows exactly what has just transpired at Riverfront Stadium on Nov. 22, 1997.

  • Leah Still Captures the Hearts of Bengals Fans

    On Nov. 6, 2014, the roaring crowd of 65,871 salutes the child queen of Bengaldom in an unforgettable ceremony at the end of the first quarter. Leah Still, four-year-old daughter of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, has been battling a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis since the spring and the courage of the inspiring father-daughter team has captured the country.

  • Ickey Shuffle

    On the way to Super Bowl XXIII, the Bengals climbed on the back of a rookie running back named Elbert “Ickey” Woods with 1,066 yards and 15 TDs. For all of his bruising runs and bursts of speed, Woods was best known for his moves after scoring.

  • Bengals blank NFC Central champ Vikes to eye AFC Central lead

    The rampaging Viking are 10-1 and headed to the Super Bowl next month. But a funny thing happened on the way to the big game on Dec. 2, 1973 at Riverfront Stadium. They run into the Bengals’ defensive juggernaut and are shut out in stunning fashion for the first time in 12 years and 160 games, 27-0.

  • Bengals clinch Central in Steel den

    After a Dec. 13, 1981 win over the Steelers, the souvenir-like edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer blares the story on top of its flag, “Bengals AFC Central Division Champs,” complete with the club’s new striped helmet logo.

  • Bengals begin playoff push with domination of Super Bowl champ Giants

    The Bengals say they believe they can still make the playoffs after making it last year with the rookie wide receiver-QB duo of A.J. Green and Andy Dalton and on Nov. 11, 2012 they make a huge statement at Paul Brown Stadium when they dominate the defending Super Bowl champion Giants in both trenches during a 31-13 rout.

  • Bengals claim first AFC North title

    As the last two minutes count down at Ford Field on Dec. 18, 2005, an orange-clad crowd behind the Bengals bench chants alternately, "Who Dey," and "Marvin, Marvin, Marvin" in honor of head coach Marvin Lewis as Bengaldom savors the 41-17 victory over the Lions for their first AFC North division title and their first play-off appearance in 15 years.

  • The Freezer Bowl

    The warmest memory in Bengaldom comes on its coldest day. Jan. 10, 1982 dawns in Cincinnati as if on another planet. The mercury will rise only to minus-9, but it is that frightful 59-degree wind chill that pistol-whips Riverfront Stadium and forever baptizes the Bengals first AFC Championship Game appearance as "The Freezer Bowl."