2022 Cincinnati Bengals season
OwnerMike Brown
Head coachZac Taylor
Home fieldPaycor Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st AFC North
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs
(vs. Ravens) 24–17
Won Divisional Playoffs
(at Bills) 27–10
Lost AFC Championship
(at Chiefs) 20–23
Pro BowlersQB Joe Burrow
WR Ja'Marr Chase
DE Trey Hendrickson
Uniform

The 2022 season was the Cincinnati Bengals' 53rd in the National Football League (NFL), their 55th overall, and their fourth under head coach Zac Taylor. After an 0–2 start, the Bengals quickly turned around, winning 12 out of their last 14 games to match their franchise best record of 12–4. The Bengals improved upon their 10–7 record from the previous season and clinched the AFC North title for the second straight year. Cincinnati's Week 17 game against Buffalo was declared a no-contest[I] after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest, resulting in only 16 games played. Despite the incident, they won the AFC North and won their last game to finish 12–4, tied for the best record in the history of the franchise, but they couldn’t clinch the 1 seed in the AFC as a result of the cancellation and risk losing home advantage if they lose their last game and coin toss to the Baltimore Ravens.[1][2][3] Instead, they defeated Baltimore 27–16 to avoid that dreaded situation.[4]

The Bengals defeated Baltimore 24–17 in the Wild Card round. The most notable play was a fumble recovery and 98-yard touchdown return by defensive end Sam Hubbard after linebacker Logan Wilson stripped the ball from Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley on a quarterback sneak. The following week, the Bengals traveled to face Buffalo. Despite Buffalo's home-field advantage and snowy conditions, the Bengals prevailed 27–10.[5] With the win, they advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year, a first in franchise history. The Bengals faced Kansas City in Arrowhead Stadium for a rematch of the previous year's contest and found themselves tied 20–20 late into the fourth quarter. However, a personal foul penalty by defensive end Joseph Ossai on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would aid a late Kansas City field goal attempt and the Bengals ultimately lost 23–20 to the eventual Super Bowl LVII champions.

Shortly before the beginning of the preseason, the Bengals renamed their stadium Paycor Stadium. The stadium had been named after the team's founder and first head coach, Paul Brown, since it opened in 2000.[6]

Offseason

Free agents

As of March 29, 2022

Unrestricted

Position Player 2022 Team Date signed Contract
QB Brandon Allen Cincinnati Bengals March 17[7] 1 year, $1.5 million
S Ricardo Allen Retired[8]
CB Eli Apple Cincinnati Bengals March 17[9] 1 year, $4 million
S Jessie Bates III Cincinnati Bengals August 23 Franchise tagged
CB Jalen Davis Cincinnati Bengals March 3 1 year, $1.035 million
LB Jordan Evans Seattle Sea Dragons (XFL) November 18[10]
CB Tre Flowers Cincinnati Bengals April 7 1 year, $1.85 million
CB Vernon Hargreaves III
LS Clark Harris Cincinnati Bengals March 16[11] 1 year, $1.272 million
DT B.J. Hill Cincinnati Bengals March 14[12] 3 years, $30 million
P Kevin Huber Cincinnati Bengals May 2 1 year, $1.85 million
DT Larry Ogunjobi Pittsburgh Steelers June 21[13] 1 year, $8 million
CB Darius Phillips Las Vegas Raiders March 15[14] 1 year, $1.5 million
T Riley Reiff Chicago Bears July 26 1 year, $3 million
G Quinton Spain
WR Auden Tate Atlanta Falcons March 28[15] 1 year, $1.120 million
S Michael Thomas Cincinnati Bengals March 16[16] 1 year, $1.135 million
WR Mike Thomas Cincinnati Bengals March 17[17] 1 year, $1.120 million
DT Josh Tupou Cincinnati Bengals March 17[18] 2 years, $3 million
TE C. J. Uzomah New York Jets March 14[19] 3 years, $24 million

Restricted

Position Player 2022 Team Date signed Contract
WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Cincinnati Bengals March 21[20] 2 years, $2.295 million

Exclusive-Rights

Position Player 2022 Team Date signed Contract
WR Trenton Irwin Cincinnati Bengals March 21[21] 1 year, $825K
LB Clay Johnston Cincinnati Bengals April 7 1 year, $825K
DE Wyatt Ray Jacksonville Jaguars June 15[22] 1 year, $895K
TE Mitchell Wilcox Cincinnati Bengals April 8 1 year, $825K

Signings

Position Player 2021 Team Date signed Contract
G Alex Cappa Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 14[23] 4 years, $35 million
C Ted Karras New England Patriots March 14[24] 3 years, $18 million
TE Hayden Hurst Atlanta Falcons March 17[25] 1 year, $3.5 million
T La'el Collins Dallas Cowboys March 20[26] 3 years, $21 million
TE Nick Eubanks Detroit Lions April 5[27] 1 year, $705K
CB Abu Daramy-Swaray Potsdam Royals (GFL) May 13[28] 1 year, $705K

Releases

Position Player Date released 2022 Team Contract
C Trey Hopkins March 18[29]
CB Trae Waynes March 21[21]
G Fred Johnson March 22[30] Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 year, $1.525 million

Draft

Main article: 2022 NFL Draft

2022 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 31 Daxton Hill S Michigan
2 60 Cam Taylor-Britt CB Nebraska from Tampa Bay via Buffalo[A]
63 Traded to Buffalo[A]
3 95 Zachary Carter DT Florida
4 136 Cordell Volson OT North Dakota State
5 166 Tycen Anderson S Toledo from Arizona via Philadelphia, Houston and Chicago[B]
174 Traded to Chicago[B]
6 209 Traded to Buffalo[A]
7 226 Traded to Chicago[B] from NY Giants[C]
252 Jeffrey Gunter DE Coastal Carolina

Draft trades

  1. ^ a b c The Bengals traded second- and sixth-round selections (63rd and 209th overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a second-round selection (60th overall).
  2. ^ a b c The Bengals traded fifth- and seventh-round selections (174th and 226th overall) to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a fifth-round selection (166th overall).
  3. ^ The Bengals traded C Billy Price to the New York Giants in exchange for DL B. J. Hill and a conditional seventh-round selection.
2022 Cincinnati Bengals undrafted free agents
Name Position College Ref.
Cal Adomitis LS Pittsburgh [31]
Ben Brown G, C Ole Miss
Devin Cochran OT Georgia Tech
Allan George CB Vanderbilt
Jaivon Heiligh WR Coastal Carolina
Clarence Hicks LB UTSA
Delonte Hood CB Peru State
Shermari Jones RB Coastal Carolina
Kwamie Lassiter II WR Kansas
Desmond Noel G Florida Atlantic
Kendric Pryor WR Wisconsin
Bookie Radley-Hiles S, CB Washington
Justin Rigg TE Kentucky
Jack Sorenson WR Miami (OH)
Tariqious Tisdale DT, DE Ole Miss
Carson Wells LB Colorado
Drew Plitt QB Ball State [32]

Staff

2022 Cincinnati Bengals staff

Front office

  • Owner/president – Mike Brown
  • Executive vice president – Katie Blackburn
  • Vice president – Troy Blackburn
  • Vice president of player personnel – Paul Brown Jr.
  • Director of player personnel – Duke Tobin
  • Senior personnel executive – Trey Brown
  • College scouting director – Mike Potts
  • Pro scouting director – Steven Radicivec

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Joey Boese
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Todd Hunt
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Garrett Swanson

Final roster

2022 Cincinnati Bengals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 active, 8 inactive, 15 practice squad

NFL Top 100

Main article: NFL Top 100 Players of 2022

Rank Player Position Change
21 Joe Burrow QB NR
24 Ja'Marr Chase WR NR
38 Joe Mixon RB NR
78 Trey Hendrickson DE Decrease 5

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 12 Arizona Cardinals L 23–36 0–1 Paycor Stadium Recap
2 August 21 at New York Giants L 22–25 0–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 August 27 Los Angeles Rams W 16–7 1–2 Paycor Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 11 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–23 (OT) 0–1 Paycor Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–20 0–2 AT&T Stadium Recap
3 September 25 at New York Jets W 27–12 1–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 September 29 Miami Dolphins W 27–15 2–2 Paycor Stadium Recap
5 October 9 at Baltimore Ravens L 17–19 2–3 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at New Orleans Saints W 30–26 3–3 Caesars Superdome Recap
7 October 23 Atlanta Falcons W 35–17 4–3 Paycor Stadium Recap
8 October 31 at Cleveland Browns L 13–32 4–4 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
9 November 6 Carolina Panthers W 42–21 5–4 Paycor Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 37–30 6–4 Acrisure Stadium Recap
12 November 27 at Tennessee Titans W 20–16 7–4 Nissan Stadium Recap
13 December 4 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24 8–4 Paycor Stadium Recap
14 December 11 Cleveland Browns W 23–10 9–4 Paycor Stadium Recap
15 December 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–23 10–4 Raymond James Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at New England Patriots W 22–18 11–4 Gillette Stadium Recap
17 January 2[I] Buffalo Bills No contest[34]
18 January 8 Baltimore Ravens W 27–16 12–4 Paycor Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34OTTotal
Steelers 10 7 03323
Bengals 3 3 86020

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

The Bengals started the 2022 season against their division rival Steelers in Cincinnati. The Steelers scored first in the first quarter when Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown to make it 7–0. The Bengals made it 7–3 when Evan McPherson made a 59-yard field goal which was the longest in franchise history. The Steelers then went ahead 10–3 after Chris Boswell kicked a 20-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Steelers moved ahead 17–3 after Mitchell Trubisky found Najee Harris on a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Bengals drew closer at halftime when McPherson made a 26-yard field goal to make it 17–6. After the break, the Bengals came within 3 in the third quarter when Joe Burrow found Tyler Boyd on a 2-yard touchdown pass (with a successful 2-point conversion) to make it 17–14. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers moved ahead by 6 when Boswell kicked a 48-yard field goal to make it 20–14. Later on in the quarter, the Bengals tied the game when Burrow found Ja'Marr Chase on a 6-yard touchdown pass. (with a blocked PAT) to send the game into overtime tied at 20–20. After going back and forth on possessions, the Steelers managed to win the game when Boswell kicked the game winning 53-yard field goal with seconds left to make the final score 23–20.

With their 3-game winning streak against the Steelers snapped, the Bengals started the season 0–1. Wins by the Browns and Ravens would leave them at the bottom of the AFC North. Joe Burrow committed 5 turnovers throughout the course of the game (4 interceptions, 1 lost fumble).

Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 3 0 6817
Cowboys 14 3 0320

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

Despite a fourth quarter comeback, the Bengals allowed the Cowboys to claim the win by marching down the field in the dying seconds of the game. With the loss, Cincinnati dropped to 0–2. This marked the third 0–2 start in four seasons, as well as the first team since the 2015 Seattle Seahawks to start 0–2 after playing in the Super Bowl the year prior. This also marked the first 0–2 start by a defending AFC champion since the 1999 Denver Broncos started 0–4 after winning Super Bowl XXXIII.

Week 3: at New York Jets

Week 3: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 14 6 7027
Jets 6 3 3012

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, 66 °F (19 °C)
  • Game attendance: 73,708
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

After a disappointing 0–2 start to the season, the Bengals bounced back with a win against the Jets. Trey Hendrickson had 2.5 sacks, including 2 forced fumbles, and Joe Burrow threw for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions, preventing an 0–3 start.

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 4: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Dolphins 3 9 3015
Bengals 7 7 01327

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

On Thursday Night Football, the Bengals defeated the Miami Dolphins 27–15. The Bengals had a quick start, getting a touchdown in the first possession of the game from Joe Mixon. The Bengals defense also held the Dolphins offense to 1 touchdown.

Week 5: at Baltimore Ravens

Week 5: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 10 0717
Ravens 3 7 3619

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

In a primetime showdown on NBC, the Ravens won on a crucial 43-yard Justin Tucker field goal. With the loss, the Bengals dropped to 2–3.

Week 6: at New Orleans Saints

Week 6: Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 7 7 7930
Saints 7 13 3326

at Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

With 1:57 left on the clock and a 2-point deficit, Joe Burrow connected with Ja'Marr Chase for a 60-yard touchdown, essentially winning the game. With the win, the Bengals improved to 3–3 and returned to .500

Week 7: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 7: Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 17 0017
Bengals 14 14 7035

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

The Bengals jumped out to a 28–17 halftime lead before scoring the only points in the second half to make it 35–17 and improved to 4–3.

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

Week 8: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 0 01313
Browns 0 11 14732

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

In the 2022 Battle of Ohio Round 1, the Browns made it an 11–0 halftime lead, scoring all the first half points in the second quarter. After the third quarter, they had made it 25–0. The Bengals finally got on the board in the fourth quarter, making it 25–6 by way of Joe Burrow's 13-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd (with a failed PAT). Though, the Browns scored again, making it 32–6 with Nick Chubb's 11-yard touchdown run. Joe Burrow connected with Tee Higgins on a 41-yard touchdown pass for the final points of the game, making it 32–13.

The loss dropped the Bengals to 4–4. Joe Burrow's personal starting record against the Browns dropped to 0–4. This was the Bengals' only loss of the season by more than 3 points.

Week 9: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 9: Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Panthers 0 0 71421
Bengals 7 28 7042

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

The Bengals jumped out to lead 35–0 at halftime before the Panthers finally got on the board in the third with Baker Mayfield's 8-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Tremble, making it 35–7. The Bengals made it 42–7 by way of Joe Mixon's 14-yard touchdown run. The Panthers scored the remaining points in the fourth, making the final score 42–21.

The Bengals were able to go into their bye week 5–4, which was coincidentally the same record they had in the first 9 games on the previous season.

Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 10 7 101037
Steelers 3 17 3730

at Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny, 32 °F (0 °C)
  • Game attendance: 66,401
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta and AJ Ross
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Coming off of their bye week, the Bengals traveled for Round 2 against the Steelers. In the first quarter, the Bengals scored first when Evan McPherson kicked a 45-yard field goal to make it 3–0. The Steelers then tied it up when Matthew Wright kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 3–3. The Bengals then moved back into the lead when Joe Burrow found Samaje Perine on a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 10–3. In the second quarter, the Steelers tied the game up at 10–10 when Najee Harris ran for a 19-yard touchdown. The Bengals then moved into the lead again when Burrow and Perine connected on a 11-yard touchdown pass to make it 17–10. The Steelers were able to tie it up at 17–17 when Kenny Pickett found George Pickens on a 24-yard touchdown pass. They took the lead at halftime 20–17 when Wright kicked a 30-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Bengals retook the lead when Burrow found Trenton Irwin on a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it 24–20. The Steelers drew closer when Wright kicked a 34-yard field goal to make it 24–23. The Bengals then pulled away when McPherson kicked a 54-yard field goal to make it 27–23. In the fourth quarter, the Bengals scored a couple more times including a touchdown where Burrow and Perine connected for the third time on a 6-yard touchdown pass for a 34–23 lead and then McPherson kicked a 44-yard field goal to make it 37–23. The Steelers concluded the scoring of the game when Harris ran for a 1-yard touchdown. After a failed onside kick, the Bengals won with a final score of 37–30.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 6–4.

Week 12: at Tennessee Titans

Week 12: Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 10 3720
Titans 0 10 3316

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 55 °F (13 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,441
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

After a close win, the Bengals traveled again to take on the Titans. The game was tied at 10–10 at halftime. In the third quarter, Evan McPherson kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 13–10 Bengals before the Titans tied it up at 13–13 with Caleb Shudak's 24-yard field goal. The Bengals moved up 20–13 when Joe Burrow connected with Tee Higgins on a 27-yard touchdown pass. The Titans countered with another 38-yard field goal by Shudak. After getting stopped in the red zone, the Bengals kicked a field goal to make the score 23–16. However, a personal foul against the Titans took back the field goal and resulted into an automatic first down, ending the game and making the final score 20–16.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 7–4.

Week 13: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 13: Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 7 14024
Bengals 7 7 31027

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 41 °F (5 °C)
  • Game attendance: 66,243
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Bengals then went home to take on the 9–2 Chiefs. After leading 14–10 at halftime, the Chiefs took a 17–14 lead in the third quarter by way of Isiah Pacheco's 8-yard touchdown run. The Bengals then tied it up at 17–17 when Evan McPherson kicked a 36-yard field goal. Patrick Mahomes then ran for a 3-yard touchdown to put the Chiefs back on top 24–17. The Bengals scored the remaining points in the fourth quarter with McPherson's 41-yard field goal, making it 24–20 and taking the lead with Joe Burrow's 8-yard touchdown pass to Chris Evans. After a missed 55-yard field goal by Harrison Butker, the Bengals faced 3rd and 11. The Bengals converted, making the final score 27–24.

The Bengals improved to 8–4 with the upset win, and extended their winning streak in Cincinnati against the Chiefs to seven games. Joe Burrow's personal starting record against Patrick Mahomes improved to 3–0.

Week 14: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 14: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Browns 0 3 7010
Bengals 0 13 7323

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, 48 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 66,222
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta and AJ Ross
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 3 171434
Buccaneers 3 14 0623

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Clear, 67 °F (19 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,305
  • Referee: Adrian Hill
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With the win the Bengals have beaten all NFC South teams in 2022. This win also gave the Bengals first place in the division as the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Cleveland Browns the previous day.

Week 16: at New England Patriots

Week 16: Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 12 10 0022
Patriots 0 0 61218

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 17 °F (−8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With their seventh straight win, the Bengals improved to 11–4. It became their first 7-game winning streak since 2015.

Week 17: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 17: Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bills 3 - --3
Bengals 7 - --7

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: January 2
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Referee: Shawn Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN/ABC): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Lisa Salters
  • Preview

See also: Damar Hamlin § In-game collapse, and List of canceled and rescheduled NFL games

Bills players kneel (bottom left) as an ambulance takes Damar Hamlin off the field.

The game was suspended with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter after an injury to Damar Hamlin, who was sent to the hospital in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field.[35] The NFL released a statement that said that the game would not be resumed during the week, and that the team's week 18 game would be played as scheduled. On January 5, the NFL announced the game would not be resumed and would be ruled a no-contest.[36][37][38] It was the only time in NFL history that a regular season game has been canceled after starting and was never made up.[39][40]

Week 18: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 18: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Ravens 0 7 6316
Bengals 10 14 3027

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

Standings

Division

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Cincinnati Bengals 12 4 0 .750 3–3 8–3 418 322 W8
(6) Baltimore Ravens 10 7 0 .588 3–3 6–6 350 315 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 8 0 .529 3–3 5–7 308 346 W4
Cleveland Browns 7 10 0 .412 3–3 4–8 361 381 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Kansas City Chiefs West 14 3 0 .824 6–0 9–3 .453 .422 W5
2 Buffalo Bills East 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–2 .489 .471 W7
3 Cincinnati Bengals North 12 4 0 .750 3–3 8–3 .507 .490 W8
4 Jacksonville Jaguars South 9 8 0 .529 4–2 8–4 .467 .438 W5
Wild cards
5[a] Los Angeles Chargers West 10 7 0 .588 2–4 7–5 .443 .341 L1
6[a] Baltimore Ravens North 10 7 0 .588 3–3 6–6 .509 .456 L2
7[b] Miami Dolphins East 9 8 0 .529 3–3 7–5 .537 .457 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
8[b] Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 8 0 .529 3–3 5–7 .519 .451 W4
9 New England Patriots East 8 9 0 .471 3–3 6–6 .502 .415 L1
10[c][d] New York Jets East 7 10 0 .412 2–4 5–7 .538 .458 L6
11[c][d] Tennessee Titans South 7 10 0 .412 3–3 5–7 .509 .336 L7
12[c] Cleveland Browns North 7 10 0 .412 3–3 4–8 .524 .492 L1
13 Las Vegas Raiders West 6 11 0 .353 3–3 5–7 .474 .397 L3
14 Denver Broncos West 5 12 0 .294 1–5 3–9 .481 .465 W1
15 Indianapolis Colts South 4 12 1 .265 1–4–1 4–7–1 .512 .500 L7
16 Houston Texans South 3 13 1 .206 3–2–1 3–8–1 .481 .402 W1
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b LA Chargers finished ahead of Baltimore based on conference record (7–5 vs. 6–6).
  2. ^ a b Miami finished ahead of Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c NY Jets and Tennessee finished ahead of Cleveland based on conference record (5–7 vs. 4–8).
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Tennessee based on common record (3–3 vs. 2–4 against: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Jacksonville).
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason

See also: 2022–23 NFL playoffs

Schedule

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card January 15 Baltimore Ravens (6) W 24–17 1–0 Paycor Stadium Recap
Divisional January 22 at Buffalo Bills (2) W 27–10 2–0 Highmark Stadium Recap
AFC Championship January 29 at Kansas City Chiefs (1) L 20–23 2–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Game summaries

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: (6) Baltimore Ravens at (3) Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Ravens 0 10 7017
Bengals 3 6 8724

at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

The game started with a drive that ended with an Evan McPherson field goal making the game 3–0. However, Tyler Huntley threw an interception to Akeem Davis-Gaither which resulted into another Bengals drive that ended with a score, this time a touchdown to Ja'Marr Chase from Joe Burrow. The extra point was missed, making the game 9–0. The Ravens bounced back from the early deficit however, with a touchdown to J. K. Dobbins that caused the score to become 9–7. Before Halftime, the Ravens got into the redzone, but were stopped short of the goal line, which forced them to settle for a field goal, making the score 9–10. After getting the ball back at halftime, the Ravens drive stalled, which eventually ended up into a Bengals touchdown from Joe Burrow rushing into the endzone. The Bengals went for two and scored with Tee Higgins after the touchdown, making the score 17–10. The Ravens responded with a burnt coverage play that resulted into a 41-yard touchdown by Demarcus Robinson, making the game 17-17. After a stalled drive by the Bengals, the Ravens got the ball back. Tyler Huntley ran for a 35-yard gain all the way to the Bengals two-yard line, with Jessie Bates making the touchdown saving tackle. Facing third and goal, Tyler Huntley attempted a diving quarterback sneak, but fumbled before he got over the endzone. Sam Hubbard caught the fumble and returned it 98 yards to the Bengals end zone, forcing the score to 24–17. After exchanging stalled drives, the Ravens made on final attempt to force the game to overtime. Facing a 4th and 20 with only 8 seconds left at the Cincinnati 27,[41] Tyler Huntley threw a deep pass to the end zone. The pass was originally deflected, but James Proche failed to catch the falling ball, forcing a turnover on downs and winning the game for the Bengals.

AFC Divisional Playoffs: at (2) Buffalo Bills

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (3) Cincinnati Bengals at (2) Buffalo Bills – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 14 3 7327
Bills 0 7 3010

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

AFC Championship: at (1) Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Championship: (3) Cincinnati Bengals at (1) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 6 7720
Chiefs 3 10 7323

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: January 29, 2023
  • Game time: 6:40 p.m. EST/5:40 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 22 °F (−6 °C)
  • Game attendance: 73,426
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, and Jay Feely
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Notes

  1. ^ a b Game started on January 2. Due to an injury involving Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin, the game was postponed part way through the first quarter.[33] On January 5, the game was cancelled.[34]

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