Having clinched their second straight playoff berth, the Cincinnati Bengals are determined to add a little frost to the NFL's postseason tournament.
"It feels really good to be in the playoffs, but now we want the home field advantage," tight end Dan Ross said, after Cincinnati beat the Seattle Seahawks, 24-10, today to improve to a playoffs-bound 6-2.
"We don't want to play on the road. We like to play in 59-below-zero weather," Ross said, recalling the "Ice Bowl" last January in which the Bengals beat San Diego for the American Conference title.
The elements weren't much of a factor today as Pete Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns and Ken Anderson passed to David Verser on a 56-yard touchdown play to subdue the stubborn Seahawks (3-5).
There was little outward jubilation in the winners' dressing room, only talk of trying to enlist the notorious Midwest winter as an ally in the Super Bowl tournament.
"There's nothing like playing at home," said cornerback Ken Riley, whose fourth interception of the season set up the Bengals' first touchdown.
Johnson crashed into the end zone from the one and Anderson threw a pass over the middle that Verser turned into a touchdown as Cincinnati took a 14-3 halftime lead.
The Seahawks crept back to 14-10 on Jim Zorn's two-yard touchdown pass to Steve Largent in the third quarter. But the Bengals tacked on a 34-yard field goal by Jim Breech and another touchdown by Johnson to secure the victory.