CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Joe Burrow to bring the team success it hasn’t had in a long, long time.

The quarterback is on his way to doing that in Saturday’s wild-card game against the Las Vegas Raiders. On third-and-4 near the end of the first half, Burrow scrambled out of the pocket and somehow found Tyler Boyd for a 10-yard touchdown.

Burrow was perilously close to being out of bounds before he released the ball, which prompted a discussion from the officials and seemed to elicit an inadvertent whistle.

According to the NFL rule book, the play should have been blown dead because of the inadvertent whistle. Instead, the sequence was allowed to continue and the Bengals took a 20-6 lead on the throw with 1:51 left in the first half.

The Bengals own the NFL’s longest drought without a playoff victory. Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game in 31 years. Burrow is doing his part to change that and produce a historic win.