Our Top-Five Most Symbolic Wins during the Marvin Lewis era is completed. A quick rundown.
No. 5: Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills in 2011
A major comeback showing the guts and relentlessness of the new Bengals, surprising many that determined that season as a rebuilding year. It's the point in time that you fell in love with the new Bengals -- an appreciation that's continuing to grow today.
No 4: Bengals comeback and beat the Ravens and Steelers in 2009
Much like the win over the Bills, the Bengals comeback against the Steelers and Ravens set the tone for a postseason run by destroying the AFC North.
No. 3: Bengals beat the Lions in 2005
Bengals claim the AFC North and punch their first ticket to the postseason in 15 years.
No. 2: Bengals defeated the undefeated Chiefs in 2003
Ten games into the Marvin Lewis era, the Bengals defeated an undefeated Kansas City Chiefs squad. Perhaps defined as the greatest win and most symbolic victory during the Marvin Lewis era.
No. 1: Bengals beat the Steelers in 2012
Not only did the Bengals knock the Steelers out of the postseason, Cincinnati returned to the postseason in consecutive seasons. Something they haven't done in 30 years.
We felt that the Bengals win over the Chiefs and Steelers were interchangeable. It's perfectly acceptable to feel that the Bengals win over Kansas City was far more symbolic, only because of the era and 15 years that preceded it. If we included an honorable mention group, some of the games that we'd include would be the Bengals win over the Packers in 2009, comeback win over the Ravens in 2004 and the win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh in 2006.
What are your thoughts?