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Twenty Three Years Since Bengals Playoff Win

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- It was 23-years-ago Monday the Cincinnati Bengals won their last playoff game.

Head Coach Marvin Lewis is now 0-5 in the playoffs.  Quarterback Andy Dalton is 0-3.  Fans and players want this playoff scenario to change, but don't expect the team to change much.

It's so cold Monday, even the mannequin at Koch Sporting Goods was staying inside.  The only thing colder than the downtown air was sales of 2013 AFC North Champions gear.  That's not an easy thing to accomplish but for this team, much easier than winning a playoff game.

It was another one and done playoff year for the Bengals.  Their third in a row.  As they cleaned out their lockers Monday morning, there was more a sense of disappointment than loss.

This was a team that got along and won a lot of games, just not a postseason game.

Bengals defensive back Chris Crocker said, "For me it's most disappointing because this is the best team I've ever been on and because I've been on good teams since I been here, I know this team won't be the same next year."

Every player and fan wants to see the Bengals change their fortune.  But no one expects the kind of change employed by other teams.  Coaching changes and major personnel changes.

Domata Peko, Bengals Defensive Lineman, said, "We just gotta move on but I tell you we're moving in the right direction. We got a solid group of guy with eyes on the prize. They all work hard and will all lay their lives down for this team."

The Bengals played before a sold-out crowd.  A last-minute development following a major sales push and a bailout by P&G and Kroger. 

The question Monday is, Does winning a playoff game really matter?  If it doesn't force the team to make coaching and personnel changes and the fans and corporate community will guarantee sellouts, does winning matter in Cincinnati?

For all the players and most of the fans the answer is yes.



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