The cities of Houston, Cincinnati and Detroit haven't tasted playoff victory in two decades. In preparation for at least one of those streaks ending this weekend (somebody has to win Bengals-Texans), take Shutdown Corner's quiz about the last time these franchises won in the postseason.
1. The last time the Detroit Lions won a playoff game they beat:
a. George Seifert, Joe Montana, Roger Craig and Jerry Rice
b. Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin
c. Jim Mora, Bobby Hebert, Ironhead Heyward and Floyd Turner
2. The last time a Houston franchise won a playoff game, its coach was:
a. Jerry Glanville
b. Bum Phillips
c. Jack Pardee
3. The last time the Cincinnati Bengals won a playoff game, the president was:
a. Ronald Reagan
b. George H.W. Bush
c. Millard Fillmore
4. Who quarterbacked the Lions during their last playoff win?
a. Erik Kramer
b. Tommy Kramer
c. Rodney Peete
5. Was Mark Gastineau still on the New York Jets when the Houston Oilers defeated them for their last playoff win?
c. In spirit, Mark Gastineau is always on the Jets
6. The Associated Press lead for the game story about the Cincinnati Bengals last playoff victory was:
a. Cody Carlson followed his dream game with a playoff nightmare.
b. Ickey shuffled his way to the divisional playoffs.
c. The run and shoot was fresh out of bullets.
7. Who was the oldest player on an active roster for those playoff teams?
a. Boomer Esiason
b. Warren Moon
c. Eddie Murray
8. Are any of the stadiums that hosted the teams' last playoff victory still used today?
9. How many yards rushing did Barry Sanders have in the only playoff win of his career?
10. Wayne Fontes was the coach of the Lions in 1991. Rate his huggability as compared to Romeo Crennel.
a. More so.
b. Less so.
c. They're both so cuddly it's too hard to answer.
1. b. (It was the first playoff game for those Dallas teams. The next year, they won the Super Bowl.)
2. c. (Pardee was fired during the 1994 season and replaced with Jeff Fisher. Glanville's last playoff win also came in 1991.)
3. b. (The date was Jan. 6, 1991. Cincinnati defeated Houston, 41-14. The No. 1 movie at the box office was "Home Alone." Ralph Tresvant, Bette Middler, Wilson Phillips and Damn Yankees all had songs in that week's Billboard Top 10.)
4. a. (Peete started the year, but was injured in Week 9. Kramer replaced him and led the team to the NFC championship game, where they lost to the Washington Redskins, 41-10.)
6. a. (Carlson started his first game in the 1991 regular-season finale, replacing an injured Moon. With the AFC Central on the line, he went into Three Rivers Stadium and defeated the division-leading Steelers. In the playoff game, Carlson went 16-33 with two touchdowns and one interception. That hardly seems like a nightmare, right?)
7. c. (Murray is now 55 years old. He is two months older than Warren Moon.)
8. a. (Riverfront Stadium has been knocked down, but The Astrodome still hosts a livestock rodeo and the Pontiac Silverdome hosted a soccer game in 2010.)
9. c. (Sanders finished with 386 yards in his seven playoff games, an average of 55 yards per game. Other than his 169-yard outburst in a 1993 loss to the Packers, he never gained more than 65 in a playoff game. He followed up that game with a -1 yard performance against the Packers the following year.)
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