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CINCINNATI — Marvin Lewis can end all those comparisons with Susan Lucci’s long run of futility — his in the NFL postseason, hers in the Emmys. The Bengals can break one of the longest playoff droughts in league history.
Well, they don’t even want to think about the alternative. The Bengals (11-5) will either break free of their playoff past or add another cementing moment to the franchise’s recent history of being a big-game dud.
The AFC North champions will host the San Diego Chargers (9-7) with everything in their favor: Playing at home, where they’ve been invincible this season; facing a West Coast team playing in the Midwest cold; getting a rematch with a team they pushed around only a month ago.