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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 1981
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1981 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 12-4-0 (1st in AFC Central); 6-2 at home, 6-2 on road

Head Coach: Forrest Gregg

DateOpponentW-LScoreAtt.Stadium
September 6SeattleW27-2141,177Riverfront
September 13at NY JetsW31-3049,454Shea
September 20ClevelandL17-2052,170Riverfront
September 27BuffaloW27-24 (OT)46,418Riverfront
October 4at HoustonL10-1744,350Astrodome
October 11at BaltimoreW41-1933,060Memorial
October 18PittsburghW34-757,090Riverfront
October 25at New OrleansL7-1746,336Louisiana Superdome
November 1HoustonW34-2154,736Riverfront
November 8at San DiegoW40-1751,259San Diego Jack Murphy
November 15LA RamsW24-1056,836Riverfront
November 22DenverW38-2157,207Riverfront
November 29at ClevelandW41-2175,186Cleveland
December 6San FranciscoL3-2156,796Riverfront
December 13at PittsburghW17-1050,623Three Rivers
December 20at AtlantaW30-2835,972Atlanta-Fulton County
AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
January 3BuffaloW28-2155,420Riverfront
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
January 10San DiegoW27-746,302Riverfront
SUPER BOWL XVI IN PONTIAC, MICHIGAN
January 24San FranciscoL21-2681,270Pontiac Silverdome
Bengals 1981 Summary

The Bengals unveiled new uniforms with tiger-striped helmets, jerseys and pants. They had at least a share of the AFC Central lead the entire season and, on Dec. 13, Ken Anderson threw two touchdown passes as the Bengals clinched the division with a 17-10 win over the Steelers. Anderson led the NFL in passing with a 98.5 rating. On Jan. 3, the Bengals beat Buffalo, 28-21, in an AFC Divisional Playoff game. A week later, playing in their first AFC Championship Game, the Bengals defeated San Diego, 27-7, at Riverfront Stadium in a temperature of nine degrees below zero with a wind-chill factor of minus 59. In Super Bowl XVI on Jan. 24 in Pontiac, Mich., the Bengals trailed 20-0 at halftime and lost to San Francisco, 26-21.

1981: A CLOSER LOOK
PRO BOWL PLAYERS
  • QB Ken Anderson
  • WR Cris Collinsworth
  • FB Pete Johnson
  • P Pat McInally
  • T Anthony Muñoz
1981 SEASON LEADERS
  • Passing: Ken Anderson (479 Att, 300 Comp, 3754 Yds, 62.6 Pct, 29 TD, 10 Int, 98.4 Rating)
  • Rushing: Pete Johnson (274 Att, 1077 Yds, 3.9 Avg, 39 Long, 12 TD)
  • Receiving: Cris Collinsworth (67 Rec, 1009 Yds, 15.1 Avg, 74 Long, 8 TD)
  • Scoring: Jim Breech, 115 points (22 FG; 49 PAT)
1981 NEWS AND NOTES
  • The Bengals' best-ever road record came in their AFC Championship season of 1981, when they went 6-2. Cincinnati won its last four away from home after splitting the first four.
STADIUM
  • Riverfront Stadium
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Helmet/Uniform

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1981 Logo

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T Anthony Munoz

T ANTHONY MUNOZ