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Bengals QB Andy Dalton gets second chance to shine in hometown playoff game

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) sits near offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, left, during practice under a dome at the University of Cincinnati, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati plays at Houston this Saturday in an NFL playoff football game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) (The Associated Press)

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws a pass during practice under a dome at the University of Cincinnati, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati plays at Houston this Saturday in an NFL playoff football game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) (The Associated Press)

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, left, hands off to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis during practice under a dome at the University of Cincinnati, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati plays at Houston this Saturday in an NFL playoff football game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) (The Associated Press)

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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