17 Dec 1988: Quarterback Boomer Esiason of the Cincinnati Bengals (left) throws the ball during a game against the Washington Redskins at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won the game, 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allspo

Bengals to honor 1988 Super Bowl team

The Cincinnati Bengals will honor the 30-year anniversary of the 1988 Super Bowl team during the Sept. 13 home opener against Baltimore.

The celebration will run throughout the Thursday night game, with highlights from the 1988 season, video messages and a halftime ceremony featuring members of the team.

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“We look forward to visiting with the players from the 1988 Super Bowl team,” team owner and president Mike Brown said in a statement. “That was a very exciting season, and we had a great run. The players on that team will always be special to our fans and me.”

The Bengals started that season 6-0 before finishing 12-4 to earn the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They led the San Francisco 49ers with less than a minute to play in Super Bowl XXIII before Joe Montana hit John Taylor with the game winning touchdown pass with 34 seconds remaining for a 20-16 victory.

Prior to the 8:20 p.m. kickoff Sept. 13, fans will have a chance to meet the players and get autographs in the Jungle Zone from 6-7 p.m.

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The first 10,000 fans who enter the stadium will receive a Bengals hat courtesy of Fifth Third Bank.

Tickets for the home opener and other seven regular-season games at Paul Brown Stadium are available via the ticket hotline at (513) 621-8383, online at Bengals.com or by visiting the PBS ticket window from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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