How Many Super Bowls Have The Bengals Won?
The Cincinnati Bengals, also known simply as the Bengals, are an American football team from Cincinnati, Ohio. They were formed in 1967 and first played in 1968; thus, they have been a part of the National Football League (NFL) since 1970, when the league was created by the merger with the AFL
Throughout the Bengals’ history, they have participated in the Super Bowl a total of three times: first in January 1982, next in January 1989, and then, many years later, in February 2022. Although the Bengals have yet to win any Super Bowl matches out of their three appearances, they have come very close in all three instances, and today, they are considered to be a young team with a lot of potential.
Super Bowl XVI (1981-1982)
Super Bowl XVI was held on January 24, 1982, and featured a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was also both teams’ first Super Bowl appearance ever. Both teams making it to the Super Bowl was a big surprise at the time, due to the fact that both had had poor records in recent seasons. Ultimately, the Bengals lost Super Bowl XVI 26-21, but they still made many strides during their first-ever Super Bowl appearance, despite their loss.
During the second half of the game, the Bengals appeared to be making a comeback, scoring seven points to the 49ers’ zero during the third quarter and scoring 14-6 during the final quarter. The Bengals’ loss is largely attributed to the high number of turnovers they committed in the first half of the game compared to the 49ers. However, despite their loss, they had 356 yards of offense compared to the 49ers’ 275, marking the first time the winning team was outgained in yards during the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXIII (1988-1989)
The Bengals’ opponents for the 23rd Super Bowl were once again the San Francisco 49ers. Super Bowl XXIII was held on January 22, 1989, and the Bengals lost the game 20-16. This Super Bowl had looked promising for the Bengals, as they had one of the strongest offenses in the league, with 448 points, 2,710 rushing yards, and 6,302 total yards.
The game was tight throughout all four quarters, with the 49ers taking the lead 3-0 in the first quarter, the Bengals catching up with 0-3 in the second quarter, taking the lead with 3-10 in the third quarter, but ultimately losing the match when the 49ers scored 14 points compared to their three in the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl LVI (2021-2022)
The Bengals’ opponents for the 56th Super Bowl were the Los Angeles Rams. The game took place on February 13, 2022, and it was the closest Super Bowl match for the Bengals yet, with the team losing 20-23.
The first quarter’s outcome was in the Rams’ favor, at 7-3, with the Bengals catching up a little in the second quarter with a slight lead, scoring 6-7. The third quarter was where the Bengals really shined, as they took a big lead over the Rams by outscoring them 10-3. However, the final quarter was not as impressive, as the Rams took back the lead with seven points to the Bengals’ zero points, winning the game.
When was the last time the Bengals won the Super Bowl?
The Bengals have not yet won a Super Bowl, being one of 12 NFL teams unable to do so. The last time they participated in the Super Bowl was in February of 2022, during Super Bowl LVI. There, they were defeated by the Rams 23-20. This would mark their third loss at the Super Bowl out of three appearances.