The previous two seasons have seen the Cincinnati Bengals host the defending Super Bowl champions.
This year, they defeated the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17 to oust the defending champs from playoff contention.
In 2012, the New York Giants, who won the championship following the 2011 season, came into Paul Brown Stadium and were blown out, 31-13, by a Bengals squad that went on to win seven of their final eight games that began with that victory.
In 2010 and in the midst of a 10-game losing streak, the defending champion New Orleans Saints came into town, and had it not been for a Pat Sims offsides penalty, Cincinnati may have once again toppled the champs at home.
In 2009, trailing the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers by 11 points in the fourth-quarter, Cincinnati rallied to defeat the champs in the closing seconds. That win helped propel the Bengals to the AFC North division crown.
Denver was favored to win this year’s Super Bowl, and the Bengals host the Broncos in the 2014 NFL season. The Bengals won’t even play the Seattle Seahawks though, who ultimately won Super Bowl XLVIII.
That means Paul Brown Stadium will not host the defending world champions in 2014.
Given their recent success against Super Bowl winners, plus the excitement of having the champs in your stadium, it would have been nice to play Denver coming off a championship season.
Alas, with the likes of the Panthers, Broncos and Ravens all coming to PBS next year, there’s a decent chance the Bengals host at least one Super Bowl participant.