With the Cincinnati Bengals advancing to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1988 season, it didn’t feel appropriate to write a typical “winners and losers” post. This team has overcome so many obstacles this season and now here they are — Representing the AFC and stripping the crown from the two-time conference champion.
It wasn’t an easy win by any means, as the Bengals had to battle back from a 21-3 deficit but they got the job done once again. Not only that, but they once again held KC to just three points in the second half, similar to what they were able to do in Week 17 when they beat the Chiefs to win the AFC North.
This season has been all about the Bengals overcoming odds and no one — absolutely no one — thought this team would be here. Yet, they proved the naysayers wrong and beat the freaking Chiefs of all teams to get to this point.
There’s still one game to go for this team but at this point, how are fans betting against these guys? They’ve gotten this far, haven’t they?
Let’s check out the 11 shining stars from the Bengals’ AFC title victory to send them to Super Bowl LVI.