25 Sep 1988: Quarterback Boomer Esiason of the Cincinnati Bengals (left) prepares to hand off the ball during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Browns won the game, 23-16.
It’s been 22 years since Boomer Esiason led the Bengals to their last playoff victory on Jan. 6, 1991.
Many fans were optimistic that this year’s version of the Orange and Black would be able to snap the team's longest playoff drought in NFL history. However, those playoff dreamers were rudely awakened Saturday when the Bengals fell to the Houston Texans, 19-13, in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs.
To help pour salt in the collective wounds of Bengals fans everywhere, USA Today's Chris Chase put together a comprehensive breakdown of what’s taken place over the past 22 years to help put the team's postseason futility into perspective.
Now-defunct team played in last playoff win
Starting quarterbacks for the Bengals
15 (Boomer Esiason, David Hollas, Erik Wilhelm, David Klingler, Jay Schroeder, Jeff Blake, Neil O'Donnell, Paul Justin, Akili Smith, Scott Mitchell, Jon Kitna, Gus Frerrote, Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton)
Guys named "Johnson" on team roster
15 (Brandon, Chad, Donnell, Doug, James, Jeremi, John, Landon, Larry, Lee, Michael, Riall, Rudi, Tank, Tim)
Playoff victories by teams that didn't exist in 1991
Current Pro Football Hall of Famers whose careers hadn't yet started
3 (Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf)
Average annual retail price of gas
Things that hadn't happened yet
Past events that were closer to the Bengals' last playoff win than today
Still alive in '91
Red Grange, Paul Brown, Miles Davis, Freddie Mercury
Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Lautner, Orson Charles (youngest player on Bengals roster)
Song — "Justify My Love," Madonna
Album — "To The Extreme, " Vanilla Ice
Movie — "Home Alone"
TV show — "Cheers"
College football — Colorado (AP), Georgia Tech (UPI)
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