Found January 07, 2012 on
The Rap Sheet:
A rookie scored his first playoff touchdown, but it wasn’t Bengals QB Andy Dalton or Texans QB T.J. Yates. Nope, it was Houston DE J.J. Watt, who made one of the sickest plays you’ll see by a lineman.
Watt’s interception and 29-yard touchdown return with 59 seconds left in the half was the difference after 30 minutes. It’s Texans 17, Bengals 10 from Reliant Stadium.
Otherwise, it was a game between two well-matched teams, with defense running the show. The Bengals are hard-nosed, but even they are having trouble with Arian Foster (12 carries for 70 yards). It Yates who is struggling, going just 6 for 13 for 79 yards.
Meanwhile, the Texans defense has been stout. Dalton is 13 of 18 for 120 yards, but Cedric Benson had just five carries for nine yards. But with Watt’s TD, it looks like a long road back for the Bengals. Oh, and Marvin Lewis is out of challenges already. Yikes.
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T. J. Yates ... not a QB name you'd have expected to stand between the Ravens and the next advancing round in the playoffs... But there he is, the 6-3, 195 rookie out of North Carolina, calling the shots for the red-hot Houston Texans...The Houston Texans are coming back to Baltimore. The AFC South champions took down the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-10, Saturday in Houston, setting...
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First the Bengals QB was reported to have an "intestinal virus." Then it was "flu-like symptoms." Finally, just "the flu." This is sports code for one of two things: a hangover, or just outright ******** all over the place. Dalton was ******** all over the place. But now he's not! More »
J.J. Watt returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown and the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 for the franchise's first playoff victory on Saturday.
The first game of the NFL playoffs features two teams who are coming into the playoffs following losses. The Bengals are coming off of a loss to the Ravens that could have eliminated them from the playoffs, while the Texans are losers of three straight following their clinching of the AFC South.
The game features two rookie quarterbacks, who both have great threats at the receiver...
PASS OFFENSE (D+)
Tying season highs in sacks allowed (four) and interceptions (three) in a playoff game is not a good thing. Andy Dalton started off well and then things unraveled in the second half. A.J. Green had five receptions in the loss but only one in the second half. Jermaine Gresham had five receptions for 46 yards but none in the first half. Of the three Dalton interceptions...
That game went exactly and not at all like I thought it would. Sloppy start? Check. Arian Foster wears the Bengals down late in the game and busts a long play? Check. 31-10 – WHAT?!?!
Incredible game, and there can be no doubt that the ridiculous, stupendous interception by JJ Watt was the play of the game. No matter how many times I watch that play, it’s still unbelievable...
The Houston Texans turned to their kids, then to their stars to win the first playoff appearance in franchise history, a 31-10 rout Saturday of the bungling Cincinnati Bengals at Reliant Stadim. J.J. and T.J. and Andre and Arian. Rookie J.J. Watt's leaping interception return for a touchdown late in the first half propelled the Texans in an AFC wild-card game.
The first playoff wild card game of the 2011-2012 season is now in the books as the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 down in Houston. It was the first playoff win in Texans history.
Texans running back Arian Foster rushed for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was intercepted 3 times with 1 being returned for a touchdown...
1. The Bengals play the first game of the playoffs. What are thechances they get to play one next week, too?PAT MCMANAMON: Good. Very good. Houston is not all that. They've stumbled into the playoffs with a three-game losing streak. They have a rookie quarterback who might just feel the moment. At least he'll feel it more than Andy Dalton will. The Bengals rookie has been...