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

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    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)

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    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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