With Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (thumb) officially ruled out for Saturday’s playoff game against the Steelers, his career playoff victory total will remain at zero for at least another week. Dalton was having a terrific regular season before his injury (25 touchdown passes, seven interceptions, 106.2 QB rating). However, his career 0-4 playoff mark is his biggest blemish as quarterback, and he wants desperately to eliminate any doubt that the Bengals can win big with him.
Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers will be going for his 16th playoff victory. Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco of the Ravens have identical 10-5 career playoff records. Here are the career playoff records of the starting quarterbacks in this year’s postseason. Teddy Bridgewater of the Vikings, Kirk Cousins of the Redskins, Brian Hoyer of the Texans, and McCarron will be making their playoff debut as starters:
Tom Brady, Patriots – 21-8
Peyton Manning, Broncos - 11-13
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers - 10-5
Russell Wilson, Seahawks - 6-2
Aaron Rodgers, Packers- 6-5
Cam Newton, Panthers - 1-2
Alex Smith, Chiefs – 1-2
Carson Palmer, Cardinals – 0-2
Andy Dalton, Bengals – 0-4
Dalton had the cast removed from his right thumb Monday. The Bengals must hope they can beat the Steelers and give Dalton another week to heal before the divisional round.