Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
The Cincinnati Bengals played two Super Bowls in the 1980s, perhaps the best decade of Bengals football to date. We take a look at a handful of the top performances by Bengals players in Super Bowl history.
Dan Ross: Former Bengals tight end Dan Ross earned one Pro Bowl selection, two All-Pro selections and was one of Cincinnati's biggest threats receiving threats in 1981 and 1982, generating 127 receptions for 1,634 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI, Ross posted 11 receptions for 104 yards receiving and two touchdowns, nearly leading completing one of the greatest comebacks in Super Bowl history. Jerry Rice, Deion Branch and Wes Welker have since matched Ross' 11 receptions, but no tight end has come close.
Ken Anderson: The Bengals were well on their way to getting blown out during Super Bowl XVI. San Francisco's first three scoring possessions were sustained drives of 11 (touchdown), 12 (touchdown) and 13 (field goal) plays. Archie Griffin fumbled a kickoff with 18 seconds remaining in the first half, giving San Francisco an easy field goal to take a 20-0 half-time lead. It felt over. It wasn't. Anderson led the Bengals in the second half, outscoring the 49ers 21-6, completing 17 of 20 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns (two passes, one rushing). Unfortunately the Bengals were doomed from the start, turning the football over four times in the game and failing to overcome a 20-point disadvantage.
Cris Collinsworth: Collinsworth is one of a handful players that played in both of Cincinnati's Super Bowls with the Bengals. As a rookie against the 49ers in Super Bowl XVI, Collinsworth generated 107 yards receiving on five receptions, including a 49-yarder that reached the 49ers 14-yard line in the third quarter -- unfortunately the Bengals turned it over on downs during San Francisco's goalline stand. Collinsworth finished his career with nine Super Bowl receptions for 147 yards receiving. He retired following Super Bowl XXIII.
Reggie Williams: One of the select few that played in both of Cincinnati's Super Bowls, Reggie Williams generated 14 tackles, a quarterback sack and a pass defensed in both Super Bowls combined. Against the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII, Williams posted a team-leading nine tackles and a sack during a game that was defined by defense.
Ross Browner: Browner was a former first-round pick for the Bengals who spent nine seasons in Cincinnati. In Super Bowl XVI, he set a record for most tackles (10) in a Super Bowl by a defensive lineman, also contributing a quarterback sack early in the third quarter.
Stanford Jennings: With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter in Super Bowl XXIII, Stanford Jennings returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, giving Cincinnati a 13-6 lead with one quarter remaining in the game.
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