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What the world was like when the Cincinnati Bengals last won a Playoff game?



The Cincinnati Bengals have qualified for the NFL playoffs in 2022, but what was the world like the last time they got a playoff win? What was going on in the world January, 1991?

It is the longest active streak among the 32 teams in the NFL – tied with the Detroit Lions at 30 years – not winning an NFL playoff game.

Indeed, the last Cincinnati Bengals playoffs win came on January 6th, 1991 in a 41-14 win against the Houston Oilers.

This secured their passage to the AFC Divisional Round – where the Bengals lost 20-10 to the Los Angeles Raiders.

Including January 15th, 2022, the Bengals last Playoff win came 11,333 days ago.

The world has changed a bit since then. But what was going on in 1991?

HITC has looked back at what was going on in the sporting, political, culture/scientific worlds in 1991 – the last time the Cincinnati Bengals got a Playoff win.

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Sporting world when Bengals last got a Playoff win

Super Bowl XXV was held three weeks after the Cincinatti Bengals claimed their last Playoff win.

The New York Giants pipped the Buffalo Bills 20-19 for their second Super Bowl.

Over in the NBA, a certain M. Jordan inspired the Chicago Bulls to a maiden title.

The Bulls defeated the LA Lakers 4-1 under Phil Jackson’s leadership to claim the first of six NBA titles in eight years.

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Baseball’s World Series was claimed by the Minnesota Twins with a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in one of the best series of all time.

Meanwhile in Formula 1, another Michael took his first steps, as Schumacher made his debut in Belgium as a 22-year-old.

The last time the Cincinatti Bengals won in the NFL playoffs was also the day before Lewis Hamilton’s sixth birthday. He is now 37.

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The political scene in 1991

After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the attention of George H.W Bush was on the Middle-East with the first Gulf War.

The conflict began on January 17th, 1991 just a few days after the Bengals claimed their last Playoff win.

It would last until the middle of February – with the rise in live TV broadcast from rolling news channels becoming the norm.

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Elsewhere, in Arkansas, Bill Clinton was preparing the groundwork for a campaign that would launch him to the presidency the following November.

Current US President Joe Biden was a member of the US Senate – as the controversial Clarence Thomas confirmation to the Supreme Court took place in October.

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On December 25th, 1991, the Soviet Union officially fell as General-Secretary Gorbachev announced its dissolution – taking effect the following day.

1991 culture/science as the Bengals take last Playoff win to date

In the culture world, legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury passed away in November, 1991.

Mercury died from a complication from AIDS.

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Bryan Adams’ hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” finished in top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles.

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson released “Black or White” as part of his “Dangerous” album.

Silence of the Lambs” would go onto claim the Best Picture Award at the Academy Awards – held a few weeks after the Cincinnati Bengals got their last Playoff win.

Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, and Louis Tomlinson were among those born in 1991.

In the scientific world, the World Wide Web was not turned on until August 1991 – with the first text message not sent until 1992.

That’s right – the last time the Cincinnati Bengals claimed a Playoff win – text messaging hadn’t been invented yet!

Meanwhile NASA was still facing a publicity crisis, having launched the Hubble Space Telescope the year before – with the mirror the wrong shape!

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