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Andy Dalton is getting a second chance to shine in a hometown playoff game. The first one didn't turn out very well.
Last year in the wild-card round, the Bengals quarterback had one of the worst games of his rookie season. He threw three interceptions, including one that J.J. Watt returned for a touchdown, in the Houston Texans' 31-10 victory.
It was the first time Dalton had lost at Reliant Stadium, where he played in high school and at TCU.
He's going back home for a rematch on Saturday with a lot more confidence. Dalton improved in every category this season and has more control of Cincinnati's West Coast offense. Plus, he's been able to stay healthy. He had the flu before last year's game.
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