Continuing his steady rise to the NFL’s upper rung of QBs, Dalton in 2015 had his best season of a five-year career ... Missed the last three games plus Wild Card playoff due to a thumb fracture, but finished with a Bengals-record passer rating of 106.3, ranking first in AFC and second in NFL ... Topped previous Bengals rating record of 101.1, held by Carson Palmer, and pushed his career rating from 85.2 to 88.4, moving ahead of Palmer (86.9) for best in Bengals annals ... Had never missed a Bengals regular-season or postseason start prior to the thumb fracture, which occurred when he made a tackle following an INT in Game 13, Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh ... Led fourth-quarter comebacks in wins at Baltimore, vs. Seattle and at Pittsburgh ... Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month in October, his second time winning the award ... Logged eight passer ratings of 100.0 or better in ’15, two more than his previous season-high .... With 50-26-1 record as a starter, has best regular-season winning percentage (.656) of any Bengals QB with 10 or more starts ... Is only Bengals QB to ever catch a TD pass (from WR Mohamed Sanu in 2014 vs. Tennessee).
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2011 NFL Draft (35th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-30-11 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 8-4-14.
Pro Bowl participation: Has been selected for and played in two Pro Bowls ... Played for Team Carter in 2014 season contest at Glendale, Ariz., passing nine-for-20 for 69-0-0 ... Played for AFC in 2011 season contest at Honolulu and passed seven-for-nine for 99 yards with two TDs (47 and three yards, both to Brandon Marshall) and no INTs.
Postseason is standard equipment: Dalton in 2015 joined Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only starting QBs in the NFL’s Super Bowl era to lead a team to the postseason in each of his first five campaigns. Flacco did it with Baltimore from 2008-12, and Dalton has done it from 2011-15. Flacco’s streak was snapped when the Ravens missed the playoffs in 2013. If Dalton leads the Bengals to the playoffs again in 2016, he’ll set a new benchmark in this category.
2015 general: Started Games 1-13, passing 255-for-386 (66.1 percent) for 3250 yards with 25 TDs and seven INTs ... Inactive for Games 14-16 and for Wild Card playoff, due to right thumb fracture suffered Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh ... With 106.3 season passer rating, broke Carson Palmer’s club season record of 101.1, set in 2005 ... Only QB to better his rating was Seattle’s Russell Wilson (110.1) ... Won AFC passing title by 4.1 points over New England’s Tom Brady (102.2) ... Joined Ken Anderson (four times) and Boomer Esiason (twice) among Bengals to win an AFC passing title, and it was Bengals’ first since 1989 (Esiason at 92.1) ... Second in NFL in yards per pass attempt (8.42) ... Opened season with four straight games with a passer rating of 115.0 or better, joining L.A. Rams’ John Hadl as only players to do that since 1973, the NFL’s first year of using passer ratings ... Ranks sixth among active passers in best ratio of TD passes to INTs (14.5-to-1) in red zone (87 TDs, six INTs).
A 1-in-500 comeback: In rallying the Bengals from a 24-7 fourth-quarter deficit to a 27-24 overtime win Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, Dalton pulled off a comeback unique since 2010. Since Week 15 of ’10, when Philadelphia overcame a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the N.Y. Giants, the Bengals-Seattle game is the only regular-season or postseason game leaguewide in which a team trailing by 17 or more in the fourth quarter has won. Through the end of the 2015 postseason, there have been 536 such instances since Philadelphia’s win, with the Bengals owning the ‘1’ in a 1-and-535 aggregate record. The winning percentage for teams down 17 or more in the final period is .0019 for the span. In the fourth quarter and OT vs. Seattle, Dalton threw a TD pass to Tyler Eifert, scored himself on a five-yard run and led two FG drives.
2015 game-by-game: Posted 115.9 passer rating Sept. 13 at Oakland, completing 25-for-34 (73.5 percent) for 269-2-0, both TDs going to TE Tyler Eifert ... On Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, registered a 126.1 rating with TD passes to A.J. Green, Marvin Jones (45 yards) and Tyler Eifert ... Led a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks Sept. 27 at Baltimore, with TD passes of 80 and seven yards to A.J. Green that both erased deficits, the second pass providing final points in 28-24 win ... Passed at Baltimore for career-best 383 yards ... Logged 127.1 rating on Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, with 55-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Tate ... Led comeback win Oct. 11 vs. Seattle (details in previous item, ‘A 1-in-500 comeback’) ... Posted a 118.6 rating Oct. 18 at Buffalo, completing 22-for-33 (66.7 percent) for 243 yards, with three TDs and no INTs ... On Nov 1. at Pittsburgh, had only 64.7 rating, but led his third fourth-quarter comeback of the season, capping a 45-yard drive with a nine-yard TD pass to WR A.J. Green on third down for the eventual winning points with 2:57 to play ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, posted 139.8 rating and season-high completion percentage, passing 21-for-27 (77.8 percent) for 243-3-0, all three TDs going to Tyler Eifert ... Logged 121.4 rating Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, completing 20-of-27 (74.1 percent) 233-3-1, with three TDs and one INT ... Passed an efficient 14-of-19 for 220-2-0 on Dec. 6 at Cleveland, good for a career-best rating of 146.8, and also scored his third rushing TD of the season ... On Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh, suffered thumb fracture while making the tackle after throwing an INT in first quarter, and finished three-for-five passing for 59-0-1 ... Inactive Dec. 20 at San Francisco, snapping streak of 77 consecutive regular-season starts, a Bengals record ... Also inactive for last two games and Wild Card playoff.
Previous seasons: 2011—As rookie, led four wins featuring fourth-quarter comebacks — vs. Buffalo, at Jacksonville, at Tennessee and vs. Cleveland ... Voted in December as first alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad, and was named to team as replacement for New England’s Tom Brady ... Became first NFL rookie QB to that point to start as many as eight wins and throw for 20 or more TDs ... Also to that point, became the first rookie QB not drafted in first round to start every game in 16-game NFL season ... Set Bengals rookie records for TD passes (20) and passing yards (3398) ... On Sept. 18 at Denver, Dalton and WR A.J. Green became first rookie pair in NFL history to combine for 10 completions in a game (still the only pair through 2015) ... On Oct. 2 vs. unbeaten Buffalo, led Bengals from 17-3 halftime deficit to 23-20 win, posting second-half performance that included 17-yard TD pass to Jermaine Gresham and a three-yard rushing score ... On. Nov. 6 at Tennessee, completed third fourth-quarter comeback, throwing second-half TD passes of 15 yards to Jerome Simpson and five yards to Andre Caldwell as Bengals won 24-17 after trailing 17-14 after three quarters ... Led fourth-quarter comeback for fourth time on Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, posting 105.6 passer rating as Bengals rallied from 17-7 halftime deficit to 23-20 win ... Passed 27-for-42 for 257-0-3 in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Passed 329-for-528 (62.3 percent), for 3669 yards, with 27 TDs and 16 INTs (87.4 rating) ... Also had four rushing TDs ... Ranked third in AFC in TD passes ... Earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for Nov. 11 performance vs. N.Y. Giants, posting 127.6 rating while passing 21-for-30 for 199-4-0 ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, ad-libbed go-ahead TD with six-yard rush late in fourth quarter, pivotal play in 20-13 win. 2013—Led Bengals to 11-5 record and AFC North title ... Became only second Bengal to win three of NFL’s monthly or weekly AFC awards in a season, joining S David Fulcher from 1989 ... Named AFC Offensive Player of Week for Oct. 13 at Buffalo and Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis; also named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October ... Averaged 116.8 passer rating over four games to win October monthly honor, as Bengals posted 4-0 record ... Topped 300-yard mark in passing for four straight games (Games 6-9), a Bengals record ... With 4293 passing yards, broke Carson Palmer’s club record of 4131 ... With 33 TD passes, ranked second in AFC and broke Palmer’s club record of 32 set in 2005 ... On Oct. 27 vs. Jets, went 19-for-30 for 325 yards with a career-high five TDs and one INT (125.7 passer rating), third consecutive game eclipsing 100 passer rating ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, posted 136.5 passer rating (27-for-38 for 366-4-0), hitting plus-four differential in TD passes to INTs for third time in career ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego, passed 29-for-51 for 334-1-2. 2014—Led Bengals to playoffs for fourth time in his four years as a pro ... Led a two-game sweep of division rival Baltimore, with fourth-quarter comebacks in both games ... Scored five TDs himself, tying Jack Thompson’s 1979 record for Bengals QBs ... Started Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff, and named to Pro Bowl as injury replacement for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ... Had regular-season passer rating of 83.5, on 309-for-481 (64.2 percent) for 3398 yards with 19 TDs and 17 INTs ... Rushed for four TDs ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, his 77-yard TD pass to A.J. Green in fourth quarter lifted Bengals from 16-15 deficit to 23-16 win ... Posted a 116.6 passer rating on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, with 76-yard TD to Mohamed Sanu ... In Games 1-2, became first passer in Bengals history with completions of 75-plus yards in consecutive games ... On Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, became only Bengals QB to catch a TD pass, besting CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson for a tough catch in the flat from WR Mohamed Sanu and sprinting 18 yards for the score ... Posted 143.9 passer rating Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... On Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, scored on a 20-yard rush, longest rushing TD by a QB in Bengals history ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-15 at Indianapolis, passed 18-for-35 for 155-0-0, and rushed four-for-34.
College: Dalton was the key player in TCU’s return to football prominence during his career ... Played four seasons (2007-10), seeing action in 50 games with 49 starts ... A two-time Offensive Player of the Year in Mountain West Conference, he authored an MWC-record 42 victories and was tagged with only seven losses ... Set TCU records for pass attempts (1317), completions (812), passing yards (10,314) and TD passes (71) ... His TD/INT differential was plus-41 (71-30) ... Rushed for 1611 career yards and 22 additional TDs, and departed with new MWC record for total offense (11,925 yards) ... As a senior, led TCU to a No. 2 national ranking, after 13-0 season capped by Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin ... Named Offensive MVP in Rose Bowl.
Personal: Hometown is Katy, Texas, in Greater Houston ... Attended Katy High School, where he led team to a 14-1 record and Texas 5A finals berth as a senior ... Marketing major at TCU ... Following 2011 season, joined wife Jordan in establishing the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, which conducts a wide range of community outreach efforts in the Cincinnati and Fort Worth, Texas areas ... The Foundation’s has impacted more than 900,000 lives with its mission to provide opportunities, support, resources and life-changing experiences to seriously ill and physically challenged children ... The Daltons have a son, Noah.