Found January 03, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
Saturday's game against the Texans may be Andy Dalton's first-ever NFL playoff appearance but it will certainly not be his first time on the field turf of Reliant Stadium. Dalton won a pair of high school playoffs games at Reliant as the quarterback at Katy High School, just west of Houston. A few years later he lead TCU to a Texas Bowl win over the University of Houston on the same field. "Katy played in the first high school game that was ever played at Reliant Stadium," Dalton said. "In high school, when you get a chance to play in an NFL stadium and to be out on that fieldit makes for a cool atmosphere. And then to get the bowl win over Houston, that was another fun thing. So I've had some fun games in there." Obviously, the Texans hope that the fun at Reliant stops for Dalton Saturday afternoon. Dalton, a rookie starting for the Bengals and T.J. Yates, Houston's own rookie, will combine as the first ever rookie quarterback duo to start a playoff game in the Super Bowl era. Yates is starting due to injuries to Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart while Dalton got the job from the outset of the season, after it became apparent that veteran Carson Palmer was sticking to his pledge to never again play for the Bengals. "I wasn't worried about what Carson was doing," Dalton said. "He wasn't here. I had to step in and prove to everybody that they can trust me. And I was given every opportunity to come in and win the starting quarterback job and the guys around me made it easy for me. I really didn't get treated like a rookie." Dalton has not put up eye popping numbers in his first season but he's been a solid quarterback on a playoff team. He has completed over 58 percent of his passes for 3398 yards. While Dalton threw 12 interceptions in the first ten games of the season, he's only been picked off once in the last five games. He matured as the season progressed. "For me it's knowing when to take my chances and when to check it down," said the 24 year-old second round pick. "I just realized that I can't be just throwing the ball around and hoping it doesn't get picked. I have to be smart with it." Dalton is also a very solid person. When his name is mentioned to former coaches and teammates, Dalton's character enters the conversation immediately. "The character of the kid leaves nothing to be desired," said Gary Joseph, his former coach at Katy. "He became a leader because of the way he carried himself and the way he presented himself." The 2005 Katy Tigers reached the state championship game in 2004 but lost to Southlake Carroll. Dalton threw 3 interceptions in that game according to Joseph: "It was probably his poorest performance of the year. He made some great plays but he threw three interceptions in the game." "Katy is one of the best high school programs in the state," said Dalton. "To have the following that we do it makes for a great high school experience." Dalton is hoping to lead his current tigers to win at Reliant Stadium, just as he did the Katy Tigers not long ago.
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