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1/3/82: Bengals Hold Off Bills for Franchise’s First Playoff Victory

July 9th, 2011 at 6:45 PM
By Chuck Chapman


The Bengals first ever home playoff game turned into the franchise's first playoff victory as the Bengals held off the Buffalo Bills 28-21 at a soggy Riverfront Stadium. The Bills were marching to tie the game in the fourth quarter but couldn't convert on key opportunities. Buffalo  had converted a fourth and four from the Bengals 21 yard line with a little over two minutes remaining only to have the play wiped out by a delay of game penalty. Facing 4th and 9, quarterback Joe Ferguson overthrew Roland Hooks in the end zone turning the ball back over to Cincinnati.

The Bengals opened the game strong, jumping out to a 14-0 lead. Buffalo clawed back through Joe Cribbs nimble feet and had tied the game early in the fourth quarter when Ferguson connected with Jerry Butler. On the ensuing possession, Ken Anderson hit Steve Kreider in the right flat and he avoided a Buffalo tackler to pick up 42 yards. Anderson then found rookie wideout Cris Collinsworth over the middle for what would be the deciding score.

Of course, the next week, the Bengals would defeat the San Diego Chargers in the "Freezer Bowl" to advance to their first Super Bowl. Read my post about the Bengals history if you don't remember what happened there. It still hurts to talk about it.

Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Cris Collinsworth, Football, Ken Anderson, NFL

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