UPDATE @4 p.m. (Jan. 7):
It’s round three of the rivalry between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this time the loser goes home.
During our preview show, which will air 7 p.m. Saturday on WHIO-TV Ch. 7, Bengals rookie AJ McCarron talks about playing in the biggest game of his young NFL career. Veteran kicker and Centerville native Mike Nugent knows he could play a key role in Saturday’s showdown at Paul Brown Stadium. He talks about performing under the bright lights of the playoffs. We’ll also hear from the Steelers’ locker room and take you outside for some tailgating, too.
WHIO-TV will be the home for the Cincinnati Bengals this NFL postseason.
How many playoff games that will be — anywhere from one to four — remains to be seen.
The Bengals (12-4) are the No. 3 seed in the AFC and will host division rivals Pittsburgh, the No. 6 seed, in a Wild Card game at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers finished the regular season 10-6.
The game will be shown live on WHIO-TV, Ch. 7.
If the Bengals win, they will travel to New England to face the Patriots, the No. 2 seed, at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, on WHIO-TV, Ch. 7.
The AFC Championship — to be played at the highest remaining seed — is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, on WHIO-TV, Ch. 7.
WHIO-TV, Ch. 7, also is home to Super Bowl 50, set for Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since January 1991. They’ve lost in the Wild Card round four consecutive years and five out of the last six.