Joe Burrow and Cincinnati Bengals are growing up before our very eyes

The NFL Playoffs these past two weeks have provided movie-scripted drama. On this Sunday, a significant upset. Two years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals were 2-14, the worst record in the NFL. They used the number one pick to select Joe Burrow, who led the LSU Tigers to a national title that year.

Burrow is now 3-0 in the playoffs and taking his talents to play for a Super Bowl title against a guy who, a year ago to the day, was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, Matthew Stafford, who had never won a playoff game. It will be a home game for the Rams, a championship three wins in a row later.

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Bengals went from worst to first.

Bengals are now the 14th team in NFL history to come off a losing season and make it to the Super Bowl. This is the Bengals’ third appearance but the first since 1989. They lost to the San Francisco 49ers in their other trips.

The Bengals had five consecutive losing seasons before this Super Bowl appearance, the second-longest run of losing seasons of all time. The record is held coincidently by the Ram franchise. The St. Louis Rams had nine straight losing seasons until 1999 when a guy named Kurt Warner arrived at the quarterback position.

Bengals are here after a surprising upset led by Burrow.

Evan McPherson kicked a 31-yard field goal with 9:22 left in overtime after Burrow grew before our eyes, leading a furious second-half comeback. Bengals defense held the Chiefs to three-second half points. They got the Bengals to the NFL’s big game for the first time in 33 years with a 27-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC championship on Sunday.

Say it with me the next two weeks: Who Dey!




Author: West Lamy

My passport requires no photograph. Experienced play-by-play broadcaster and multimedia sports journalist with years of producing and covering sports. WORLDWIDEWEST is a journey; in this journey my feet don't get blisters, but my shoes do.

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