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Bengals Bytes (1/10): Not like that

The Bengals lose in the most heartbreaking fashion. The Steelers win, but could be without key starters next week. The Commissioner isn't impressed with any of the plans to move a team to Los Angeles.

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Bengals wives & friends: Bible study group meets weekly
A lot people would love to see the Bengals win and make it to Super Bowl 50. But if that happens, it leaves one of the Bengals wives in need of a backup team. Imagine having the birth of your first baby right when your husband could be playing in the Super Bowl. That might mean you do need a backup team and Cedric Peermans wife; she's got this. Along with what you might say is a little help from above.

Questions about playoffs, coaching and free agency loom for Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals finished their season after an 18-16 loss Saturday to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC wild-card playoff game. Here are five questions facing the Bengals this offseaon

Penalties from Vontaze Burfict, Adam Jones, keep Cincinnati Bengals from advancing
The darn stubborn demons just won't get out; much to the Queen City's disappointment. Six days after coach Marvin Lewis joked about the need to exorcise his team's playoff past, the Cincinnati Bengals were 14 seconds away from doing just that Saturday night. But a comeback bid came up short, as they dropped the AFC wild-card game to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 18-16, extending their playoff wins drought beyond 25 years. Ha, 25. A fitting number.

Steelers vs. Bengals: Live in-game win probability
Below is a win-probability chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers - Cincinnati Bengals game. The numbers here are based on data from ESPN Stats & Information.

Steelers pull out improbable win with help of late Bengals penalties
The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading to Denver. The Cincinnati Bengals are heading to another long offseason after a meltdown as ugly and ill-timed as it was complete. Chris Boswell kicked a 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining as the Steelers somehow pulled out an 18-16 victory in the AFC wild-card game Saturday night.

Doc: This Bengals' playoff loss was the worst
A game that descended into brutal farce was won by the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night. The cool every Bengals player promised during the week was nothing but hot air and nonsense. The Bengals were the last team to commit a personal foul – two, in fact, on the same, decisive play – and that was the ballgame.

Could out of control players prompt Bengals to make coaching change?
A decade ago, the Bengals developed a habit of taking chances on guys who had a habit of getting in trouble off the field. The ensuing rash of incidents embarrassed the franchise, but it never cost them any key wins.

Adam 'Pacman' Jones Goes on NSFW Rant About Wild-Card Loss Against Steelers
Warning: Above video contains NSFW language. Adam Jones held nothing back after the Cincinnati Bengals' 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Saturday's AFC Wild Card Game at Paul Brown Stadium.

Behind Enemy Lines

NFL Playoffs: Steelers leave Cincinnati battered but still alive
Thirty yards. Of course, this rivalry came down to 30 yards of inexplicable penalties. The Pittsburgh Steelers dislike Vontaze Burfict with a passion, so they will gladly take that 15-yard personal-foul penalty on that vicious helmet shot to Antonio Brown in the final seconds. It won them the game.

Antonio Brown Injury: Updates on Steelers Star's Concussion and Return
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was forced to exit the team's 18-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card Round after taking a vicious hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Ben Roethlisberger Injury: Updates on Steelers Star's Shoulder and Return
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the team's AFC Wild Card Game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a right shoulder injury after being sacked by Vontaze Burfict.  He would return to the game late in the fourth quarter, but his status against the Denver Broncos next week is unclear.

Random Bytes

Houston Texans stick with Brian Hoyer at QB despite disastrous first half vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Houston Texans ended their season on Saturday night with the same problem that has haunted the franchise for most of its 12 years: an unsettled plan at quarterback. Brian Hoyer threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in Houston's 30-0 wild-card loss to Kansas City. Three of the picks and the fumble occurred on the Texans' first six possessions, yet coach Bill O'Brien said after the game that he didn't consider a quarterback change until near the end of the third quarter, when Houston was behind by three scores.

Commissioner Roger Goodell says plans to keep Chargers, Raiders, Rams 'inadequate' by current home markets
In a report sent to all 32 NFL teams, commissioner Roger Goodell said stadium solutions in San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis were "unsatisfactory" and "inadequate" to keep the Chargers, Raiders and Rams in their home markets. The Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of the 48-page report from someone who has seen it but is not authorized to discuss it publicly. confirmed Goodell's comments from a league source with direct knowledge of the report.

Tom Brady Watches Wild Card Saturday from Comfort of His Own 'Chill Zone'
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent Saturday just like any other NFL fan: watching Wild Card Weekend from the comfort of his own couch. Or—as he called it—his "chill zone." Feet up on the ottoman and everything.

Miami Dolphins hire Adam Gase as new head coach
While six other teams continue to search for new leadership, Miami has fallen for Adam Gase. The Dolphins on Saturday made the Bears offensive play-caller their new head coach, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Gase has signed a five-year deal, per a source with knowledge of the situation.