Peyton Manning gets to face his former team and his successor after Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts beat Cincinnati in the wild-card round Sunday.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won an NFL playoff game since January 6, 1990. They beat the Houston Oilers—right there, that tells you it was a long time ago—by a 41-14 score in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. Since then, the Bengals have lost all five postseason contests they’ve played in. That needs to change this weekend.
The Bengals are hot off a blowout of the rival Browns last Sunday, just in time for the Broncos. It will be a massive Monday Night match-up when these two playoff hopefuls meet, as Cincinnati’s postseason lives are on the line.
The San Diego Chargers (10-7) head to AFC top-seeded Denver (13-3), where they won 27-20 last month — the Broncos’ only home loss this season.
Peyton Manning overcame his two interceptions by throwing for three touchdown passes on Sunday, leading the Denver Broncos to a 31-23 victory over a Cincinnati Bengals team that can’t find a way to top him.
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isn’t the only one haunted by the “Immaculate Deflection.” So is Brandon Stokley.