The top five games in former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's 100-game reign:
1) Oct. 11, 2009 at Baltimore - Bengals 17, Ravens 14: On Thursday night after practice, Zimmer discovers his wife of 27 years had died suddenly. Less than 72 hours after Vikki's death, he pulls himself together for one of the most gut-wrenching and emotional Cincinnati victories of all-time. After his father, son and daughter accompany Zimmer on the Bengals flight, his players rally to hold the Ravens to 82 yards rushing, pick off quarterback Joe Flacco twice, and hold the fort long enough for quarterback Carson Palmer's 20-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Caldwell with 22 seconds left that puts the Bengals into sole possession of first place in the AFC North to stay at 4-1 on the way to a division sweep.
3) Oct. 6, 2013 at Paul Brown Stadium - Bengals 13, Patriots 6: Zimmer solves the Belichick-Brady Hall of Fame mastery with the help of a Zimsoon in a sudden, swirling downpour that hit PBS as the Pats failed to rally for the tying touchdown in the final two minutes. But the defense also dominates the Pats in good weather, snapping Brady's bid for history when the Bengals stop his streak of games with a TD pass at 52 while holding the unbeaten Pats without a TD for the first time in 67 games. Zim's men muss Brady's hair long enough to stifle New England on all but one of the Pats' 12 third-down attempts in an effort punctuated by cornerback
4) Sept. 22, 2013 at Paul Brown Stadium - Bengals 34, Packers 30: The Bengals survive four turnovers against one of the game's best quarterbacks when they hold Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers to a 65.5 passer rating, stymying a slingshot artist that had racked up 10 games on the road of 100-plus passer ratings in the last three seasons. Setting the table for a year the defense often bailed the offense out of its turnover problems on the way to another AFC North title, the defense forces a huge one here when right end
5) Nov. 15, 2009 at Pittsburgh - Bengals 18, Steelers 12:In the War of 18-12 the 6-2 Bengals are basically playing the AFC North championship game after beating the 6-2 Steelers back in September with the help of cornerback Johnathan Joseph's pick-six. The defense keeps Roethlisberger out of the end zone by holding him to a miserly 174 yards on brutal 20-of-40 passing and limiting the defending Super Bowl champs to just 224 total yards. With the game tied at 12 with 11:20 left, the Steelers don't get a first down while the Bengals manage two field goals. The Bengals go on to finish 10-6 with a division sweep while the Steelers win just three more the rest of the season.