CINCINNATI — Three seasons in the NFL, three times in the playoffs. Andy Dalton has done something special during his young career.
Now he gets another chance to win when it matters most.
Dalton threw four touchdown passes on Sunday, and linebacker Vincent Rey returned an interception 25 yards for a score and the Bengals had another big day at home, beating the Minnesota Vikings, 42-14.
A few minutes after their game ended, the Bengals (10-5) clinched a playoff berth when Miami lost at Buffalo. They later clinched the AFC North title when Baltimore lost at home to the Patriots.
It’s Cincinnati’s first division title since 2009 and the Bengals’ eighth overall in their 46 seasons.
It’s the first time in their history that the Bengals have reached the playoffs in three straight seasons. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.