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Dalton the problem for Bengals?

Welcome to a new type of "Bungles." While the San Diego Chargers certainly deserve credit for their 27-10 road win Sunday, it's hard to deny the Cincinnati Bengals -- and quarterback Andy Dalton -- had a hand in the upset. Dalton committed three second-half turnovers as the visitors shut Cincy out 20-0 in the final 30 minutes, dooming the Bengals to a third straight playoff exit. The previous two, both at Houston, felt a little different. This year's makes one wonder: Is Andy Dalton, even though he has never experienced a losing season in Cincinnati, the right QB for the franchise?

How much blame does Andy Dalton deserve for the Bengals not winning any of their past three playoff games?

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  • Will the Bengals ever win a playoff game with Andy Dalton as their quarterback?

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  • What should the Bengals do with Andy Dalton?

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  • How much blame does Marvin Lewis deserve for the Bengals not winning any of their past three playoff games?

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  • Will the Bengals win a Super Bowl in your lifetime?

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Colts, Chargers advance in AFC

In the AFC, wild-card weekend went just as we envisioned, with the Indianapolis Colts falling behind 38-10 and beating the Chiefs anyway, and the San Diego Chargers effectively dominating the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio. But hey, that's what's so exciting about the NFL. Now the victors move on to the divisional round, in which Andrew Luck's comeback Colts will visit the New England Patriots, while Philip Rivers' surprising Chargers get a chance to beat the top-seeded Broncos in Denver for the second time in five weeks. How will it all go down?

  • What was more true about the Colts' 45-44 comeback win over the Chiefs?

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  • Which was more true about the Chargers' 27-10 win at Cincinnati on Sunday?

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  • Which team will win this divisional playoff game in New England?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have to start a must-win game?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have over the next five years?

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  • How much momentum will the Colts take into New England from their 45-44 comeback win over the Chiefs?

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  • How much will former Patriots WR Deion Branch help the Colts in their wild-card game at New England?

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  • Which team will win this divisional playoff game in Denver?

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  • What effect will San Diego's Dec. 12 win at Denver have on the Chargers-Broncos divisional playoff game?

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  • If you were a Chiefs fan, how would you feel about the 2013 season?

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  • Will the Chiefs ever win a Super Bowl under Andy Reid?

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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This is a bit awkward. You're familiar with football, right? The hugely popular sport that, in both amateur and professional forms, essentially dominates the American sporting scene? That football? Well, the pro league is having a bit of trouble getting people to go to some of its playoff games. The Bengals and Packers still have thousands of tickets available for their home playoff games this weekend. The teams have been granted an extension to early Friday evening in order to avoid a television blackout in their home markets, which would be just a bit embarrassing. The Colts were in the same situation until a few hours ago, when the Meijer grocery store bought 1,200 tickets to ensure a sellout. Credit where credit is due, however: The Eagles, who are hosting a game against the Saints, seem to have no such issue selling tickets. Good job, Philadelphia fans.

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NFL Playoffs -- Wild-Card Pick 'Em

It came down to the final game of the regular season, but finally, we can say it: The 12-team field for the 2013-14 NFL playoffs is set. The Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots own first-round byes. The other eight teams must start their marches toward the Super Bowl in less than a week. Who ya got in the wild-card matchups? Which teams will win the AFC and NFC? What about the Super Bowl?

Which team will win the wild-card playoff game at Cincinnati?

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  • Which team will win the wild-card playoff game at Green Bay?

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  • Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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Peyton Manning has the records. Tom Brady has the rings. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers? They have some impressive credentials, too. Who is the best among the NFL playoff teams' 12 starting quarterbacks? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: Playoff teams | Playoff offenses | Playoff defenses

NFL playoff QBs

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

Bengals

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Eagles

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Colts

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Panthers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

Chargers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Packers

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Chiefs

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seahawks

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