October 21, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fans celebrate their team

Cincinnati Bengals: Love Lost is Better than Most

Oct 7, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals fan watches during the second in a game against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins won 17-13. at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Another painful loss in the postseason is in the books for the Cincinnati Bengals. With it brings questions of whether Andy Dalton is the QB of the future, is 2014 the last stand of Marvin Lewis, and how will the defense respond to the loss of Mike Zimmer?

But think about this: The Bengals this year played in their third-straight postseason game for the first time in franchise history. Here’s a list of the teams who haven’t been to the playoffs for three or more years:

Team

Last appearance in post-season

Seasons

Buffalo Bills 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs

14

Cleveland Browns 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs

11

Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XXXVII

11

St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs

9

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs

6

Jacksonville Jaguars 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs

6

Miami Dolphins 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs

5

Tennessee Titans 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs

5

Arizona Cardinals 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs

4

Dallas Cowboys 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs

4

Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Championship Game

3

New York Jets 2010 AFC Championship Game

3

So when it comes to the Bengals, the painful reality of being 0-5 in the playoffs under Marvin Lewis and not having won in the postseason since 19991 is hard to stomach.

But when you realize even being in the playoffs, let alone three-straight years, is a hard task to accomplish when traditional winners like the Cowboys, Bears, Dolphins and Raiders (believe it or not)  haven’t been there in at least three years, you have to feel good about that accomplishment.

It’s comparable to the old saying: “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” For the Bengals, their great at making fans love them, only to break their hears when it matters most.

But for at least for some short time, there was joy to be had.

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