(CINCINNATI) — Andy Dalton is in the playoffs for the third consecutive year after the Bengals clinched a playoff berth following their 42-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Dalton threw for 366 yards and four touchdown passes in the victory and became only the fifth quarterback in NFL history to make the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.
“To be in the playoffs every year since I’ve been here is huge,” said Dalton. “It gives you a chance to accomplish the ultimate goal.”
The Bengals improved to 7-0 at home this season and will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens next Sunday.
“We just gotta keep going,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “All our eggs in the basket now, that’s what we started out to do and now we have that opportunity next Sunday.”
Two of the Bengals touchdowns came off turnovers by the Vikings and benefited from running back Adrian Peterson sitting out the second half with the game out of reach.
“Turnovers definitely decided the game,” Peterson said. “We put them in a position to play the game the way they wanted to play. It’s tough getting behind the 8-ball like we did.”
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