Bengals’ playoff drought goes on with 18-16 loss to Steelers

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Another playoff meltdown for the Bengals. And in many ways, this one was the worst of all.

Cincinnati had a pair of personal fouls that moved Pittsburgh into position for Chris Boswell’s 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds to play on Saturday night and an 18-16 victory that extended the Bengals’ horrid playoff history.

They rallied from a 15-0 deficit in the fourth quarter behind AJ McCarron, who threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green for a 16-15 lead with only 1:50 to go.

After Vontaze Burfict picked off a pass that seemed to seal it, Jeremy Hill fumbled to give Pittsburgh (11-6) another chance. Ben Roethlisberger returned from a shoulder injury to lead the winning drive, with personal fouls on Burfict and Adam “Pacman” Jones moving them within range.

Cincinnati’s 25-year playoff drought is the sixth-longest in NFL history.

Coach Marvin Lewis fell to 0-7 in the playoffs, moving ahead of Jim Mora for the NFL record of futility. And the Bengals (12-5) now have lost an opening-round game for five consecutive seasons – no other team has done it more than three times in a row. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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