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Bengals players downplay postseason berth

Maybe it's just me. But I'm as euphoric as every other postseason berth over the years. The Bengals players? Just a means to a greater goal.

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Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth doesn't care.

Cincinnati clinched a postseason berth after the Sunday's victors were made aware of Miami's loss in Buffalo. Big deal, says Andrew Whitworth. It wasn't the goal. The Bengals have greater plans, which makes sense for Whitworth, who will enter his fourth postseason without a playoff win under his belt.

"This team didn't set out to make the playoffs. We set out to try and go to the Super Bowl and that goal hasn't been reached yet. We still have a ways to go," Andrew Whitworth said via

Practical. Even somewhat encouraging. But you wouldn't mind if we have a sip of our champagne, would you?

"We're trying not to get too high about this. We still have a lot of work to do," Andrew Hawkins said after the game. "A.J. (Green) always said this is what we've known. We don’t know anything about the Bengals of the past. We're glad we're back in the playoffs, but that's not our end goal."

I guess these guys DO have bigger plans, greater intentions, vastly significant ambitions.

"We’re in a really good spot right now. We've just got to keep going," Andy Dalton, the man who never over-reacts said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We've done a lot this year; a lot the guys have gotten better — I think I've gotten better. We've just got to keep it going. I’m happy to be where we are, and we've just got to keep playing like we did today."

Kind of makes you proud in a way. Unsatisfied with reaching the postseason, they're looking for something far greater. In the meantime, we'll celebrate for them.