The Bengals won their last playoff game 31 years ago today, Saturday, January 6, 1991.
The Bengals beat the Houston Oilers 41-14 at Riverfront Stadium.
The Bengals have lost eight consecutive playoff game since that win.
Were you at the game? Where were you in your life at this point?
LA Times— Missing their star running back but not their instinct to pound relentlessly on division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals did an audition for Super Bowl contender status Sunday, walloping the Houston Oilers, 41-14, before a drenched Riverfront Stadium crowd of 61,012.Next week, they travel to the Coliseum to play the Raiders in the second round of the AFC playoffs, and Cincinnati hopes to reverse its 24-7 loss to them Dec. 16. The Bengals, who finished the regular season with a 9-7 record, have won three in a row since the Coliseum debacle.
The state of sports in Cincinnati at the time:
Reds: They were coming off a Wire-to-Wire 1990 World Series title under Lou Piniella.
UC football: The Bearcats had gone 1-10 under coach Tim Murphy in the 1990 season. The Bearcats finished the season with a 70-21 loss at Florida State and 45-7 loss at Alabama. The Bearcats were an independent and played just three home games that season.
UC basketball: The Bearcats were in their second season under coach Bob Huggins. UC would finish 18-12, playing in the Metro Conference. They would lose in the 2nd round of the NIT. Herb Jones led UC with 15.9 points a game and was joined by the likes of: Louis Banks, Curtis Bostic, Allen Jackson, and Levertis Robinson.
Xavier basketball: The Musketeers were coached by Pete Gillen. They would finish the 1990-91 season at 22-10 and lose to Connecticut in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. Jamie Gladden led XU in scoring with 15.2 points per game, in a lineup that included Michael Davenport, Aaron Williams, Brian Grant and Jamal Walker.
Indoor football: Later that year, the Cincinnati Rockets were announced. They would begin play in 1992 at Riverfront Coliseum.
Cincinnati Cyclones: Owner Doug Kirchofer had brought ECHL hockey to the Cincinnati Gardens to start the 1990-91 season. The Clones would finish 37-24-0-3 under coach Dennis Desrosiers. Steve Cadieux led the team with 45 goals and 52 assists.
High school football: Princeton football, coached by Pat Mancuso, had lost to Warren Harding 28-21 in the state finals at the Akron Rubber Bowl.
High school basketball: Mick Cronin was varsity assistant coach and junior varsity coach at Woodward High School.....less than a year removed from graduating from La Salle High School.