The Bengals will have a rematch against Houston in the playoffs, but they needed some help in order to get their second postseason berth in the last three years.
Cincinnati lost its regular-season finale to Baltimore, 24-16, but with losses by the New York Jets, Denver and Oakland, the Bengals backed into the sixth and final seed in the AFC.
The Bengals and Titans both finished 9-7, but by virtue of Cincinnati's Week 9 win at Tennessee, the Bengals won the head-to-head tiebreaker. All seven of the Bengals' losses were to teams in this season's playoff field, including the Texans, who rallied for a 20-19 win at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 11.
Needless to say, there were a lot of conflicted feelings among the Bengals on Sunday. They lost, but they're in.
"It's kind of weird," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "We obviously didn't get it done today, but we still have a chance. It's what we wanted at the beginning of the season. We wanted to come in and make the playoffs, because onc...