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Saturday, January 7, 2012
Halftime: Dalton's pick deflates Bengals

By Jamison Hensley

HOUSTON — Andy Dalton has played extremely well in his first playoff game. That is, until his late interception in the first half.

Dalton's throw was snatched out of the air by Texans rookie defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who ran 29 yards for the touchdown to put Houston up 17-10 at halftime of Saturday's wild-card game. This was only Dalton's second interception in his past seven games.

Before that turnover, Dalton was 13 of 17 for 120 yards and looked poised moving away from pressure. He also picked up first downs with a two-yard quarterback sneak and a 15-yard scramble. It will be interesting to see how Dalton responds to this adversity.

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