Back in May, the NFL announced that their YouTube channel will be uploading three classic games for each NFL team and we asked you which Bengals games you wanted to see. The responses were mixed, but there were a few particular games that stood out.
The Bengals have also been gathering ideas based on what the fans would like to see and are now giving them a direct opportunity to choose which games will go up on YouTube. If you want a say, you can go to the poll currently up on the Bengals' Facebook page and cast your vote for any of these memorable classic games.
2015: Week 5 - Bengals vs Seahawks
This game might only be less than a year old, but it was by far one of the most exciting games in Bengals history. The Bengals headed into the week with a 4-0 record, but there were a lot of questions about how impressive that was due to the fact that they had only played the Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, and Chiefs, all of whom didn't have stellar records at that point of the season. However, the team silenced those criticisms as they put together a 17 point comeback in the fourth quarter against the reigning NFC Champs.
1988: AFC Championship Game - Bengals vs Bills
There was some fear that two of the Bengals' three classic games would be their Super Bowl losses to the 49ers, both of which were heartbreaking experiences for Bengals fans. But, instead, two of the options are celebrating the Bengals' getting to the Super Bowl in the first place. In 1988, the Bengals put together an NFL leading offense that was heavily criticized (and later stolen) by Bills head coach Marv Levy. But, the Bengals stuck to their guns and easily got past the Bills with a score of 21-10.
2000: Week 8 - Bengals vs Broncos
The year 2000 wasn't exactly the most exciting time to be a Bengals fan. But, October 22, 2000 was a pretty great day. The Bengals recorded one of their four wins in 2000 against the Broncos that day with the help an absolutely amazing performance from Corey Dillon, who set the single game franchise rushing record with 278 yards. It wasn't a great game for Akili Smith, who was benched for Scott Mitchell, but the Bengals won in dazzling fashion, giving fans a reason to smile in an otherwise abysmal year.
1981: AFC Championship Game - Bengals vs Chargers
The 'Freezer Bowl' is known in most NFL circles as the coldest game in NFL history with a wind chill of -59 °F. Among Bengals fans, it's also known as one of the most memorable games in franchise history. The Bengals' defense absolutely stifled the Chargers' future Hall of Famer studded offense, while the Bengals' offense put up an impressive 27 points in the frigid temperatures. They won and received their first Super Bowl berth in franchise history.
2003: Week 11 - Bengals vs Chiefs
Although 2003 wasn't quite as bad as 2000 in terms of total wins, the Bengals were coming off a franchise worst 2-14 record in 2002 and went into Week 11 of 2003 with a losing record. At the time, the Chiefs were undefeated at 9-0, so the 4-5 Bengals were supposed to just roll over for them to continue their quest for perfection. Instead, Chad Johnson guaranteed the Bengals would win prior to the game... and they did. The Bengals jumped out to a 17-6 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter on a Peter Warrick punt return touchdown and never let the Chiefs come back, finishing things up 24-19.
Which of these games would you like to see on the NFL's Youtube channel? Cast your vote on the Bengals' Facebook page!