Found January 07, 2012 on
Midwest Sports Fans:
The first game of the NFL playoffs features two teams who are coming into the playoffs following losses. The Bengals are coming off of a loss to the Ravens that could have eliminated them from the playoffs, while the Texans are losers of three straight following their clinching of the AFC South.
The game features two rookie quarterbacks, who both have great threats at the receiver position, and a solid defense to back them up. Andy Dalton has proven everyone wrong who thought the Bengals were going to bring up the rear of the AFC North, (which the Browns took the liberty of doing), and T.J. Yates has stepped into a tough situation and taken his team to the playoffs.
The two teams met up in Week 14 in a game that went down to the wire, with T.J. Yates throwing a touchdown pass to Kevin Walter with two seconds left in the game. The Texans won 20-19, and that was the last time they won a game. The Bengals went on to finish 2-1 after the loss and secure their spot in the playoffs.
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T. J. Yates ... not a QB name you'd have expected to stand between the Ravens and the next advancing round in the playoffs... But there he is, the 6-3, 195 rookie out of North Carolina, calling the shots for the red-hot Houston Texans...The Houston Texans are coming back to Baltimore. The AFC South champions took down the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-10, Saturday in Houston, setting...
Andy Dalton and T.J. Yates weren't around for any of the miserable seasons the Bengals and Texans have had over the past two decades.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has returned to practice after missing a day because of the flu.
First the Bengals QB was reported to have an "intestinal virus." Then it was "flu-like symptoms." Finally, just "the flu." This is sports code for one of two things: a hangover, or just outright ******** all over the place. Dalton was ******** all over the place. But now he's not! More »
Quarterback Andy Dalton feels fine and will return to practice Thursday, according to Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website.
Dalton looks to be good to go for this weekends playoff tilt at Houston after being considered day-to-day while dealing with flu-like symptoms Wednesday.
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Tying season highs in sacks allowed (four) and interceptions (three) in a playoff game is not a good thing. Andy Dalton started off well and then things unraveled in the second half. A.J. Green had five receptions in the loss but only one in the second half. Jermaine Gresham had five receptions for 46 yards but none in the first half. Of the three Dalton interceptions...
The first playoff wild card game of the 2011-2012 season is now in the books as the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 down in Houston. It was the first playoff win in Texans history.
Texans running back Arian Foster rushed for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was intercepted 3 times with 1 being returned for a touchdown...
The Bengals could have gone into halftime tied at 10, but a great play by J.J. Watt of snagging the ball out of the air gave the Texans momentum and the lead at halftime.
Offensively, Jay Gruden was doing a nice job of mixing things up on first down with a balance of run and pass (eight pass and six run) which we will see if that continues. Andy Dalton has completed the ball to eight...
The Bengals are leaving for Houston this afternoon for Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. kickoff against the Texans in the opening game of the NFL playoffs.
They head into the game in good physical shape.
S Taylor Mays (hamstring) and LB Dontay Moch (illness) are doubtful to play. Neither participated in Friday’s walk-through session.
The rest of the injury report has players that practiced...
1. The Bengals play the first game of the playoffs. What are thechances they get to play one next week, too?PAT MCMANAMON: Good. Very good. Houston is not all that. They've stumbled into the playoffs with a three-game losing streak. They have a rookie quarterback who might just feel the moment. At least he'll feel it more than Andy Dalton will. The Bengals rookie has been...