Bengals earn second straight playoff berth

Credit: Jeff Dean

Credit: Jeff Dean

The Cincinnati Bengals are back in the postseason.

The Bengals clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season Thursday night by virtue of the New York Jets’ 19-13 loss to Jacksonville.

Cincinnati (10-4) has won six games in a row and leads the AFC North Division by one game over Baltimore with three games to play. Cincinnati is currently the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff race behind Buffalo (11-3) and Kansas City (11-3).

The Bengals play at New England on Saturday, host Buffalo on Monday Night Football Jan. 2 and wrap up the regular season against Baltimore at home on Jan. 8.

Cincinnati snapped an eight-game playoff losing streak last year on its way to an AFC Championship and the franchise’s third Super Bowl appearance.

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