Bengals pounce on playoff opportunity

Rookies Dalton and Green lead a team unburdened by franchise's past failures

Originally Published: January 6, 2012
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- Here come the Bengals, vaulting into the wild-card round like the flying, flipping wide receiver Jerome Simpson. But, the question looms: Will they stick the landing in Houston as Simpson memorably did a few weeks ago against the Cardinals?

"Yeah, I think so," Simpson said Wednesday, sitting in an empty locker room under Paul Brown Stadium. "We're practicing good, coming together as a team. Can't wait until Saturday."

The Bengals -- installed as a 40-1 long shot to win ...

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