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1970's

In the year 1970 the Bengals moved from the AFL (American Football League),and into the NFL. (National Football League) The 1970’s Cincinnati Bengals team was the first NFL expansion team to qualify for the playoffs within their first 3 seasons of existence. In 1971 the Cincinnati Bengals’ cornerback Lamar Parrish, had an interception that turned into a 65 yard touchdown. This was thefirst interception turned to touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals. The 1971 Bengals season was the first season that the Bengals led their opponents in almost every category. There have been 3 times when the Bengals had won a game without scoring a touchdown. One of these times was on September 24, 1972. The Bengals had 5 field goals that game, giving the Bengals a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a final score of 15-10. In 1974 the Bengals’ cornerback Lemar Parrish led the NFL in punt returns. In 1976 Paul Brown announced his retirement. Bill Johnson became the new head coach. In 1978 Bill Johnson and Homer Rice were both head coaches. After the 1979 season Forrest Gregg replaced Homer Rice as head coach.