Tying the Bengals=?

I think that “Tying the Bengals” has a certain ring to it. It reminds me a lot of “jumping the shark”, except in sports. “I thought the Patriots really tied the Bengals when Tom Brady got hurt.” It also reminds me of “biting the big one”, like going to a bad show and then saying, “Boy that one really tied the Bengals.” Or dying. “You hear about Tony? Yeah, that poor son of a bitch tied the Bengals last night.” I like the concept of “Tying the Bengals” becoming a cliche phrase. What should it mean?

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