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Democrat and Chronicle Monday,October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ideline introductions are pretty standard in the baseball play- o ffs, and so the Mets were simply going through the ritual when they lined up along the first-base line before Game 1of the National League Championship Series. Nothing particularly noteworthy until Daniel Murphy’s name was an- n ounced. Turned out, the crowd was saving one of its loudest ovations for one of the Mets’ most overshadowed players. “I think what was going through my mind is that they’re cheering because we’re still getting to play,” Murphy said. “ That is the coolest part.” Maybe that’s true, or maybe it’s just a deflection by 30-year-old who’s used to s aying the right things while letting others stand in the spotlight. M urphy bats third, right in between the captain David Wright and the mercenary Yoenis Cespedes. He’s a homegrown standout, but he’s not part of the high-profile pitching staff. There was a time this season when it seemed the Mets might trade him before he becomes a free agent at the end of the year. In the postseason, though, Murphy has become the Mets’ offensive superstar. He homered four times in the Mets’ ASSOCIATED PRESS Daniel Murphy reacts after hitting a home run during the first inning of Game 1of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. NLCS Murphy takes lead role in playoffs “I think what was going through my mind is that they’re cheering because we’re still getting to play. That is the coolest part.” DANIEL MURPHY C HAD JENNINGS @LOHUDYANKEES SeeMURPHY,Page7D ORCHARD PARK – Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan implored fans to pack Ralph Wilson Stad ium and make it a “playoff atmosphere.’’ The implication was clear. It was a knock on Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton, who in his first four seasons has been to the NFL playoffs four times, only to lose the wild-card game each time. W ell, Ryan got his wish on Sunday. Almost. L oyal fans were at their throaty best. Mother Nature sent in chilly temperatures, gray skies and even some snow flurries. It had the look a nd feel of a January playoff game (you remember those?), right up to the part where Dalton was supposed to fall flat on his face. And the reason? For starters, the B ills and their defense, alleged to be “ elite,’’ never put Dalton on his back. Buffalo’s defense failed to show up in a34-21loss to the unbeaten Bengals,a loss that officially removes the Bills from playoff talk until further notice, b ecause guru Ryan never showed up. I ’d have a better chance explaining Playboy’s decision for removing nudity from its magazine than why Ryan, who has built his reputation on taking the fight to the quarterback, dialed d own pressure on Dalton and not up. T he result was the “Red Rifle’’ turning Ryan red-faced. It’s obvious that Dalton, a fifth-year NFL Ryan's d efense i n full retreat JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bills running back LeSean McCoy looks for a hole at the line of scrimmage. He rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown. SeeDEFENSE,Page5D LEO ROTH COMMENTARY ORCHARD PARK - The petulant, bordering on poor sport attitude that marked Rex Ryan's postgame press conferences following Buffalo's first two losses of the season was nowhere to be found Sunday afternoon. I nstead, the Bills head coach looked positively shell-shocked, humbled, even flabbergasted, by what took place dur- i ng Buffalo's 34-21loss to the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium where the weather was more indecisive than EJ Manuel going through his read progression. Ryan is one of the most upbeat guys in JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bengals running back Jeremy Hill goes airborne over Bills Stephon Gilmore to score on a 13-yard pass from Andy Dalton. The Bengals went on to beat the Bills, 34-21at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. BILLS DEFENSE OVERWHELMED Secondary shredded in 34-21loss to Bengals SAL MAIORANA @SALMAIORANA SeeBILLS,Page6D London calls Sal Maiorana is heading to London to cover the Bills’ game against Jacksonville next Sunday. Look for his reports all week at Demo- cratandChronicle.com, in our print editions and follow him on Twitter at salmaiorana- .com. 3421 /3-3 //6-0 / 243 ANDY’S DALTON’S PASSING Y ARDS The Bengals quarterback racked up 243 p assing yards and 3 touchdowns a gainst an overwhelmed Bills defense. 0 SACKS BY BILLS DEFENSE The Bills defense failed to earn a sack against the Bengals offensive line while A ndy Dalton imposed his will on their s econdary.