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INDIANAPOLIS - Very ugly.And very familiar.It happens to Andy Dalton and the Bengals every year, which is why that incredible streak is now 24 years and counting since Cincinnatis most recent playoff win.The Bengals made NFL history on Sunday when they lost an opening-round playoff game for the fourth year in a row.Andrew Luck took apart their secondary, Dalton and the offence went nowhere in the second half, and the Bengals lost 26-10, extending their excruciating stretch of playoff futility.Its kind of like missing a field goal that you feel you should have hit, said kicker Mike Nugent, who set a Bengals record with a 57-yarder for one of their few bright spots.Actually, its more like slipping and falling without even getting the kick off.No matter what they accomplish during the season — and their four straight playoff appearances are a franchise record — they come unglued in the biggest games.In the big moments, the guys that are our big guys have to make the plays, left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. You see it every week. You look at the teams that win, their top guys make the plays that get them where theyve got to go. Itll be no different here. When we get in those situations, our big players have to make huge plays.Instead, they shrink.And it starts with the quarterback.Dalton and Baltimores Joe Flacco are the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to lead their teams to the playoffs in each of their first four seasons. Flacco already has won a Super Bowl and has his team headed to New England next week after pulling out a win in Pittsburgh on Saturday.Dalton is headed home after another lopsided one-and-done.Youve got to play your best football once youre here, and today we didnt play our best, said Dalton, who was 18 of 35 for 155 yards with three sacks, a fumble and a passer rating of only 63.4.Dalton didnt make the type of costly turnover that doomed the Bengals in their previous three playoff losses. He didnt do much of anything noteworthy, showing theres a difference between him and the NFLs elite quarterbacks.Those other ones — such as Luck — make impressive plays under intense pressure. Luck was 31 of 44 for 376 yards with a touchdown and an impressive passer rating of 104 on Sunday.In his four playoff games, Dalton has completed only 56 per cent of his passes for 873 yards with 12 sacks, one touchdown, six interceptions, two fumbles and a passer rating of 57.8. Dalton is tied with Warren Moon for most consecutive opening-round playoff losses by a quarterback in NFL history, according to STATS.Dalton got a big contract extension before the season, so the Bengals are committed to him for at least the near future.I thought Andy played a good football game, so I dont know what kind of criticism will be on the quarterback here, coach Marvin Lewis said. I thought he hung in there.With Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham sidelined by a concussion and a sore back, respectively, Dalton was missing his top two receivers. The Bengals took a lot of tricks out of their playbook and stayed close for a half.In the second half, the smoke-and-mirrors stopped working. Cincinnati had the ball four times in the third quarter and punted four times, managing a net of only 9 yards on 13 plays while the Colts pulled away.The Bengals havent won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of post-season futility in NFL history. Lewis fell to 0-6 in the playoffs, trying Jim Mora for most consecutive post-season losses to start a coaching career.Lewis also matched Mora, Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Owen for most consecutive coaching losses in the playoffs. Hes under contract through next season, and owner Mike Brown has called him a success for getting the team to the playoffs regularly, so no change is anticipated.I anticipate him being back, safety George Iloka said. I anticipate him getting us better. I anticipate him getting us over the hump.Notes: The Bengals are 0-7 on the road in the playoffs, in addition to losing their two Super Bowls against San Francisco. ... Cincinnati has lost its past eight games in Indianapolis. ... Green also missed a 27-0 loss at Indianapolis on Oct. 19 because of an injured right big toe. ... It was the second game that Gresham missed this season. ... Linebacker Rey Maualuga left with an injured hamstring early in the second quarter and didnt return. The Bengals already were missing linebacker Vontaze Burfict. ... Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left with an injured right ankle.___AP NFL website: and Jalin Marshall Jersey . - Houston defensive end J. Wesley Johnson Jersey . Infante hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and had an RBI single in a four-run fifth against former teammate Justin Verlander, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Tigers 11-8 Monday night. . Thats the feeling that eight Canadian Football League teams are experiencing right now in advance of the expansion draft to stock the Ottawa Redblacks. Bryce Petty Jersey . - Aaron Rodgers makes tough throws that can leave fans of the Green Bay Packers speechless. Mike Pennel Jersey .A. Happ. The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to improve the starting rotation ahead of next season and pitchers like Happ have a chance to show they belong as the disastrous 2013 campaign draws to a close.TORONTO -- Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen has ticked off another box, acquiring backup goalkeeper Chris Konopka from the Philadelphia Union on Friday in advance of the MLS roster freeze. Fridays deal comes four days after Toronto acquired forward Bright Dike from Portland for Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti, allocation money and a 2015 first-round draft pick. Toronto gave up a third-round pick in 2014 for the 28-year-old Konopka. While it was a small piece of the puzzle, the Konopka trade all but signals the end for goalkeeper Stefan Frei, Torontos longest-serving player and one-time vice-captain. Frei, relegated to the bench after an injury in the first pre-season game allowed Joe Bendik to claim his job, had a one-on-one talk with goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr after practice Friday. He declined to speak to the media afterwards. Frei, 27, was destined to leave at the end of the year any way upon the expiration of his contract, rendered surplus to requirements by his US$200,000 salary and the fine play of Bendik. Nelsen essentially said Frei deserves better than Toronto can give him. "Hes such a great guy and such a great goalkeeper and he wants to be a No. 1. And he deserves, he should be a No. 1. And he is a No. 1 in this league -- on probably 75 per cent of most teams." With Freis money off the books next season, the 24-year-old Bendik will likely be rewarded with an improved contract. Bendik and Konopka are both making $46,500 this season, essentially backup goalie money. "Weve had our eye on Chris for a while," said Nelsen. "Hes at a good price, (has) good experience." Konopka was playing behind Zac McMath, who has started all 28 games this season for Philadelphia. McMath is making US$155,000 this season. Frei has started 81 regular season games for Toronto, but none this season or last. A broken nose and Bendik have kept him on the bench this year. In 2012 he was sidelined by a broken leg and ankle injury. A model citizen, with a flair for art off the field, Frei has never complained about his poor fortune. He has been one of the clubs stalwarts. Nelsen said Frei will continue to back up Bendik the remaining games of the season. Toronto is also high on 19-year-old Quillan Roberts and will likely look to loan out the young keeper next year to help him gain experience. "Thats a position where you probably mature a little later than most other positions," said Nelsen. Toronto (4-13-11) still has big holes to fill in its roster. Two marquee strikers, both falling under the designated player label, are on the to do list during the January transfer window, with Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment having earmarked US$26 million for such acquisitions in the last window. Nelsen says he is also looking for two or three "hardened" MLS players -- "at the right age to complement the younger players we have." He mmaintains he now has the assets to acquire such talent.ddddddddddddThe club has eased its salary cap concerns, has allocation money to spare and is likely trying to move on players like striker Robert Earnshaw and fullback Richard Eckersley. "Were in a nice situation now," said Nelsen. "Weve got room to move." Nelsen said he did get offers from clubs prior to the salary freeze. But he says he has "probably 12 or 13 or 14" players whom he wont trade unless an amazing deal presents itself. He is well aware of Torontos less-than-stellar past reputation as traders. "Toronto has let go a lot of players who have become dominant players in the league," he said. "We cant do that for short-term gain. We know theyre going to progress. I know theyre going to become dominant players soon. Maybe not next year but in 2015 or 16." The Toronto FC manager looks to use his connections during the off-season to send some of his young talent to train with other clubs. Defender Doneil Henry and midfielders Kyle Bekker and Jonathan Osorio all seem destined to spend time with teams in Europe for seasoning. Nelsen has plenty of youth on his roster, with 13 players aged 24 or younger. Toronto looks to snap a six-game winless streak (0-3-3) as it visits the New York Red Bulls (13-9-6) on Saturday. The wrong combination of results and Toronto could be eliminated from playoff contention for the seventh straight year. The post-season may be off the table but Nelsen says his squad is gaining valuable experience while playing for jobs next season. Toronto is down to three strikers with Robert Earnshaw tweaking his hamstring while scoring in Wednesdays 1-1 tie with the visiting Chicago Fire. That leaves Nelsen with Andrew Wiedeman, Justin Braun and Dike, whose 15 minutes off the bench Wednesday represented his Toronto debut and his first first-team action since undergoing knee surgery in February. Dutch striker Danny Koevermans, who has been frustrated by a string of injuries since returning from his own knee surgery, will travel with the team but is only expected to see action in an accompanying reserve match. Eckersley is a question-mark after suffering a leg knock during collision in training Friday. The Red Bulls have won their last two, winning 4-1 in Houston last time out. New York is unbeaten in its last nine games against Toronto. Star Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill will miss Saturdays game through injury. NOTES -- In the wake of David Millers open letter to Toronto FC, in which he criticized the clubs management and returned his remaining season tickets, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment offered to set up a meeting with the former Toronto mayor and MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke. Miller declined via Twitter, saying: "Thanks, but quite seriously, there are lots of supporters who deserve that, not just me. You know where I stand." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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