Andy Dalton throws first postseason TD to tie game


Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton will admit his first two postseason games were two of the worst performances of his NFL career. His rookie year saw him throw three interceptions as the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Houston Texan by three touchdowns.

Last year wasn’t much better as he completed just 14-of-30 passes with a pick as they lost by just six points to the Texans.

Needless to say, Dalton hasn’t performed well in the postseason and came into today’s against the San Diego Chargers hoping to buck that trend:

"“So you don’t have to hear, ‘Oh, you haven’t won a playoff game’ or ‘You haven’t done this. You haven’t done that,’ ” Dalton said. “Hopefully, we keep winning and they’ll run out of stuff [to criticize]. This is a big week for us.”"

With 12:06 left in the second quarter and the Bengals trialing 7-0, Dalton helped lead the Bengals on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with him throwing his first postseason TD as he was being drilled by a Chargers defender and hit Jermaine Gresham for the score.

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