Gameball: Andy Dalton leads Bengals to AFC North Title

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Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a terrible week in Pittsburgh, Andy Dalton recovered beautifully at home against the Minnesota Vikings. He had one of his best passing games of the year this week. He achieved his highest QB rating of the year at 136.5, his second-most passing yards in a game at 366, four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Andy Dalton entered the game 482 yards behind Carson Palmer for the team record in passing yards and five behind Palmer in passing TD’s. He brought those records within reach after a great afternoon. The Bengals offense jumped out early after a fumble recovery down to the 3-yard line.

He then led the team to a strong recovery after Gresham’s fumble that led to Minnesota tying the game.He moved the ball down the field to take a 14-7 led to end the first quarter. The Bengals never looked back, and Dalton proved that the Minnesota defense that we saw the week prior against the Eagles was not present Sunday.