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Bengals QB Andy Dalton needs to play better in decisive game vs Steelers

  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton smiles as he walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. Cincinnati won 34-13. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton smiles as he walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. Cincinnati won 34-13. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton (14) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton (14) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

Andy Dalton needs to play much better than he has in the past few weeks if the Bengals are going to pull off a franchise rarity.

Dalton was indecisive and repeatedly missed throws during a 34-13 win in Philadelphia that was set up by the Eagles' fumbling. The Bengals (8-6) moved into playoff position with the win, and can clinch a spot by beating the Steelers (7-7) in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

It would be a breakthrough for Dalton and the Bengals, who are 0-6 against Pittsburgh and Baltimore over the last two seasons. A win also would give them back-to-back playoff berths for only the second time in the team's 45-year history.

Dalton hasn't done well against the Steelers and knows that has to change.

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