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The Cincinnati Bengals achieved their first playoff win in three decades thanks to standout performances from players who made sure losing wasn't an option.

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The Bengals came into Saturday's Wild Card matchup with the Raiders hoping to break their playoff curse.

They answered the call and downed the upstart Raiders 26-19 to advance in the postseason for the first time in 31 years.

Who made the difference for Cincinnati this time around?

3 Bengals players who carried the team to win over Raiders

Ja'Marr Chase

The scariest thing about the Bengals, certainly for opposing teams, is just how young their core is on offense.

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Joe Burrow is 25 years old in his second year in the league. Ja'Marr Chase is a 21-year-old rookie.

You wouldn't have guessed he's only been a pro for a few months watching Chase dominate the Raiders defense like he did on Saturday night. Then again, this wasn't anything new from Chase. He's been a star from the start.

Chase caught nine passes for 116 yards. He had 23 rushing yards on three carries as well.

After the game, Chase told reporters, "I don't think I can be stopped."

He plays like he means every word of that. Just ask Las Vegas.

Joe Burrow

In his first playoff action, Joe Burrow showed the Bengals exactly why they invested a No. 1 overall draft pick on him. The moment wasn't too big for him at all.

Burrow tossed two touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes for 244 yards. He was a true pro despite being just two years out of college.

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With a performance like that from Burrow, Bengals fans can feel confident that his play all season has been no fluke. This is a quarterback that can make a habit of winning playoff games for Cincinnati. It's not just about breaking the playoff losing streak, it's about being capable of taking things to the next level.

The playoff drought has been addressed. Burrow's next step is doing something about that Super Bowl gap. Any Cincinnati fan who doesn't think it could someday be possible after the win over the Raiders hasn't been paying attention.

Sam Hubbard

There are a handful of players on the Bengals' defense who deserve shoutouts for their performance against the Raiders.

Trey Hendrickson, who has been so essential to the team all season, had a sack before he was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Germaine Pratt had nine tackles, a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and the game-sealing interception. Jessie Bates was a disruptive force with three pass breakups. B.J. Hill's late sack helped keep the Raiders from marching to the enzone.

Still, Sam Hubbard holds a special place in the mix because no one understands the struggle for Cincinnati football fans more clearly than he does.

Hubbard was born and raised in Cincinnati. He went to school at Ohio State. He was fortunate enough to be drafted by his hometown team. Then he made sure Cincinnati got their long-awaited playoff victory.

Not only did Hubbard manage to sack Derek Carr, but his helmet literally prevented a touchdown, diverting a pass away from a receiver in a dangerous spot. The Raiders had to settle for a field goal and weren't able to find the endzone later to tie the game.

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