The Bengals and 49ers have their two NFC East rivals in a fierce rivalry.
The teams played each other six times in the last 10 seasons, with the Bengals winning the first five meetings.
Last season, the 49ers went to overtime to beat the Bengals 17-16.
The two teams play again in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
Here are five other storylines: 1.
Is this rivalry really over?
The Bengals are playing the first playoff game since the 1994 season.
They won’t have the same record in 2017.
And the 49er’s offense has improved as a whole.
They’ve averaged 34.5 points and 12.4 yards per game in the past two weeks.
But the 49s are coming off a loss to the 49th-ranked Lions in the wild-card round.
They had a 24-17 lead after the first quarter and couldn’t get any closer.
It took a few minutes for the 49 of their own to get off the field, but by halftime they were up 28-14.
“I think we were in control in the first half,” 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said.
“The first half was very similar to what we were doing in the regular season, but in the second half we got off to a bad start.
We got the ball back early in the fourth quarter and they went into the end zone.
That’s a good sign.”
What’s happening with Matt Moore?
The 49ers had a bye week in 2016, and they were supposed to get some rest before playing the Steelers and Raiders.
But Moore didn’t play because of a hamstring injury.
The 49er running back, who has battled a knee injury in the offseason, is not expected to play Sunday.
Is San Francisco’s offense more explosive?
It had the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL last season.
But after a strong season in 2016 and the return of wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the Niners’ offensive line is the unit that has been the biggest reason they’re the top-ranked rushing team in the league.
That line has allowed just 17 sacks through the first three games of the season.
The Niners averaged a league-high 8.1 yards per carry last season, third-best in the AFC.
But they’ve been much better since Moore returned.
Crabtree has 13 touchdowns in three games since Moore went down, and the offense has scored 31 points.
What will happen in the third quarter?
This is a key game for the Niner offense.
They have been slow to adjust to the speed of the NFL game.
They’ll need to start to catch up with the Ninertons rushing attack, which has averaged over 30 yards per rush.
They’re averaging just 8.5 yards per punt return this season, and three of their five returns have come in the final two minutes.
They need to finish drives quickly.
They lost three fumbles in the game.
What do we know about the 49ERS?
They’re one of the top defenses in the playoffs and have a very good quarterback in Blaine Gabbert.
But if they lose, it could be a disaster for a playoff run.
Gabbert has been very good in the postseason, but he hasn’t been good in consecutive games.
The San Francisco defense is also young.
They played four games in a row this season without starting defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Who has the better record?
The Niner defense has allowed 24.9 points per game over the past three seasons, including a league high 27.8 in 2016.
They will try to beat their record.
The Bengals have allowed a league average of 31.4 points in their past six games.
They rank fourth in the division and have the No