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Al Behrman, Associated Press
This photo made Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 shows Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throwing a pass during practice in Cincinnati, for this Saturday's NFL football playoff game in Houston. Dalton missed practice Wednesday with a flu but is expected to return Thursday.

HOUSTON — Andy Dalton and T.J. Yates weren't around for any of the miserable seasons the Bengals and Texans have had over the past two decades.

And that's quite a few.

The rookie quarterbacks now control which of the long-suffering franchises gets a milestone victory when the teams kick off the playoffs on Saturday. They'll make some NFL history no matter who wins — it's the first time two rookie starters will face off in a postseason game.

The Bengals (9-7) are back in the postseason for the third time in seven seasons, but they haven't advanced in 20 years. The 10-year-old Texans (10-6) are making their playoff debut, and will end the longest playoff drought of any expansion team from its inception into the league.