Bengals Vs. Texans: AFC Wild Card Not Being Kind To Andy Dalton

Early on, Andy Dalton looked like the rookie quarterback who was going to win the NFL's first-ever battle of rookie starting quarterbacks in the playoffs. Since the second half has begun, he's just looked like a rookie quarterback.

Just minutes after throwing his second interception, Dalton fired a high heater to the near sideline that Danieal Manning snagged for the Houston defense's third pick of the day.

After starting this AFC Wild Card game 12-for-16, Dalton has cratered against a Houston defense that has taken away A.J. Green, his safety blanket, and turned up the heat up front. He's eight-for-14 since, but three of his incompletions are interceptions, and all three of those picks are demonstrably his fault.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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