FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; TUES., JAN. 20, 2015
FROM CINCINNATI BENGALS PUBLIC RELATIONS
SELECTION OF QB ANDY DALTON GIVES BENGALS FOUR IN PRO BOWL
Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been named to a roster spot for the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. It's the second Pro Bowl for Dalton, who also was named for the 2011 season. Dalton was a seventh alternate in this past December's Pro Bowl voting, and for this year's game he replaces Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, who is unable to participate due to an injury.
The addition of Dalton gives the Bengals four players in the Pro Bowl. WR A.J. Green and P Kevin Huber were voted in directly, and DT Geno Atkins has been added as an alternate. The game will be played this Sunday at 8 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and it will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Dalton and the other Bengals will be assigned to teams tomorrow night, during the Pro Bowl Draft show at 8 p.m. on NFL Network. The teams will be known as Team Carter and Team Irvin, after Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, who will serve as alumni team captains and head the draft selection process for each of their squads.
Dalton, a fourth-year player in 2014, led the Bengals to a fourth straight playoff appearance and a third straight season with double-digit victories. He joined Baltimore's Joe Flacco as the only starting QBs in the Super Bowl era to lead a team to postseason in each of his first four pro campaigns. The Bengals are one of only four NFL teams to reach postseason each of the last four years.
The Bengals under Dalton had three fourth-quarter comeback victories in 2014, two against Baltimore and one vs. Denver. He also directed the team to a lead from a fourth-quarter deficit vs. Carolina, but that game ended in a tie. Dalton posted a career-best completion percentage on the season, at 64.1 percent, and passed for 3398 yards, 19 TDs and 17 INTs.