Today in Cincinnati Bengals history


The Cincinnati Bengals have played eight times on Dec. 4 and are 6-2.

Here is a look at each of those games:

Dec. 4, 2016 – Cincinnati Bengals 32, Philadelphia Eagles 14 at Paul Brown Stadium

Andy Dalton threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals snapped a four-game winless streak to improve to 4-7-1. The Cincinnati defense allowed 359 yards, but Vontaze Burfict picked off Carson Wentz twice, and Shawn Williams had one interception.

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Dec. 4, 2011 – Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Cincinnati Bengals 7 at Heinz Field

The Bengals went to Pittsburgh with a chance to move into a first-place tie in the AFC North and got blown out. The Steelers scored three touchdowns in a span of 4 minutes, 14 seconds in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead and rolled from there. Rashard Mendenhall ran for two scores, Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns to Mike Wallace, and Antonio Brown returned a punt 60 yards for a score.

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Dec. 4, 2005 – Cincinnati Bengals 38, Pittsburgh Steelers 31 at Heinz Field

Carson Palmer threw a pair of touchdown passes to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and one to Reggie Kelly, and Rudi Johnson ran for two scores as the Bengals took a two-game lead in the AFC North on the way to winning their first division title since 1990. Johnson ran for 98 yards, which stood as the most by a Bengals back against the Steelers until Jeremy Hill had 100 in the 2014 season finale.

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Dec. 4, 1997 – Cincinnati Bengals 41, Tennessee Oilers 14 at Riverfront Stadium

In a nationally televised Thursday night game, Corey Dillon turned in one of the most memorable performances in Bengals history when he ran for an NFL rookie record 246 yards and four touchdowns to put a dent in the Oilers’ playoff hopes. Dillon carried 39 times, while quarterback Boomer Esiason was 20 of 28 for 245 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals raced out to a 38-0 lead.

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Dec. 4, 1994 – Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Cincinnati Bengals 15 at Riverfront Stadium

Tied 7-7 after the first quarter, the Bengals watched the Steelers score 24 unanswered points to seize control and drop the Bengals to 2-11. Pittsburgh’s final touchdown in the game was a 3-yard pass from Neil O’Donnell to tight end Jonathan Hayes, the current Bengals tight ends coach.

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Dec. 4, 1988 – Cincinnati Bengals 27, San Diego Chargers 10 at Riverfront Stadium

Ickey Woods scored two touchdowns while rushing for 141 yards, which would stand as his career high. James Brooks also ran for a score, and Boomer Esiason threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Cris Collinsworth as the Bengals improved to 11-3 and moved one step closer to clinching the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC. Collinsworth’s score was the 36th and final touchdown of his career.

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Dec. 4, 1983 – Cincinnati Bengals 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 10 at Three Rivers Stadium

The Bengals cost the eventual AFC Central champion Steelers a chance to play a first-round playoff game at home as they jumped out to a 17-0 lead on the strength of two Pete Johnson touchdowns and a Jim Breech 19-yard field goal. Franco Harris scored the lone Pittsburgh touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Cliff Stoudt. It was the next-to-last touchdown of the Hall of Famer’s career.

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Dec. 4, 1977 – Cincinnati Bengals 27, Kansas City Chiefs 7 at Arrowhead Stadium

Two of Ken Anderson’s nine completions resulted in touchdowns to Billy Brooks and Pat McInally as the Bengals kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a third consecutive win to improve to 7-5. Ken Riley and Lemar Parrish had interceptions as the Cincinnati defense held the Chiefs to 239 yards.



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