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Andy Dalton (14) gets off a pass against the Texans pass rush in Week 14.
AFC Wild Card Game
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012: No. 6 Cincinnati (9-7) at No. 3 Houston (10-6), 4:30 ET (NBC)
Both of these teams are limping into the playoffs and starting rookie quarterbacks after strong starts to the regular season.
The Bengals have lost five of eight, including a 20-19 home loss to the Texans in Week 14, after starting the season 6-2.
The Texans, who lost starting quarterback Matt Schaub in Week 10 and backup Matt Leinart in Week 11, have lost three straight to close the regular season since wrapping up the AFC South in their win over Cincinnati.
The Texans' second-ranked defense has given up 23.3 points per game in their last three losses after not allowing more than 14 points in consecutive games during their 10-3 start.
The Bengals scored nearly 20 points per game in the same stretch, going 2-1.
Cincinnati's Andy Dalton will get his first playoff win on Sunday, ending the Texans' Super Bowl hopes, which were officially dashed when Schaub's leg injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers crushed their hopes for a championship.
Prediction: Bengals 23, Texans 17