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Dalton, offense let Bengals down again in playoffs, main area for concern in offseason

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton walks off the field after losing 19-13 against the Houston Texans at an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton watches action against the Houston Texans on a video scoreboard during the fourth quarter of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

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    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green sits on the bench in the final moments against the Houston Texans at an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Houston. Houston won 19-13. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

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    Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, right, watches the final minutes against the Houston Texans at an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Houston. Houston defeated the Texans 19-13. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

The defense was playoff-worthy for most of the season. Andy Dalton and the offense fell apart in the biggest moments. And the Bengals ended what appeared to be a breakthrough season with a familiar heartbreak.

Still no playoff victory in 22 years, the seventh-longest streak in NFL history.

Dalton and the offense imploded again during a 19-13 loss in Houston on Saturday, the second straight year that they did little or nothing in a first-round game against the Texans.

Dalton has led the Bengals to back-to-back playoff appearances, which is no small feat. But he's been a disappointment in the postseason, throwing for only 384 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.

Cincinnati has to decide what to do with its offense in the offseason.

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