The Cincinnati Bengals finally advanced in the postseason for the first time since the 1990 season. They didn’t make it easy on any of us (especially our hearts) but the good guys won 26-19 and Zac Taylor’s team is participating in the AFC Divisional Round (opponent to be determined).
Following the massive victory, Taylor spoke to the media and was really happy for the city of Cincinnati. The people of Cincinnati stuck by this team and continued to root for them even in some really down years.
Taylor said that the city can exhale and he told them this team isn’t done. There’s still a lot ahead of this team, especially with that proverbial playoff monkey off their backs once and for all.
One of the biggest storylines from this game was in the first half when Joe Burrow connected with Tyler Boyd in the end zone. As Burrow was running toward the sideline to uncork the pigskin to his receiver, a whistle seemingly blew. Boyd caught the ball and didn’t celebrate and the play was ruled a touchdown.
The whistle should have meant the play was blown dead but that didn’t happen. This favored Cincinnati so no one in the Queen City is complaining but it’s definitely going to be a topic of conversation.
Taylor was asked about the controversial call following the win.
Taylor had plenty on his mind in that moment so it’s not surprising that he didn’t hear a whistle (or if he did, it’s smart of him to say that he didn’t).
Following the game, Taylor awarded two game balls — One to president Mike Brown, who hadn’t seen his organization win a playoff game since he took over the team and the other to the city of Cincinnati.
Zac Taylor: “We’re not done yet”
This was a historic win for the Bengals. Now they can forget about the curse talks and just play football. They still have a lot of work to do but getting that proverbial monkey off their back is massive moving forward.
Taylor might have driven some people crazy in this game with the playcalling but the fact of the matter is that he’s the head coach and under his tutelage, Cincinnati is moving onto the next round.
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Here’s to you, Zac Taylor.