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J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans looks on against the Cincinnati Bengals during their AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Reliant Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
The Houston Texans entered into Saturday afternoon’s wildcard game with the Cincinnati Bengals carrying more than just the hopes of moving on to the next round of the 2013 NFL playoffs.
After losing three of four games to end the regular season, the Texans were surrounded by doubts and worries that all added up to one big question mark hanging over the best record in franchise history.
But despite the late-season setbacks, Houston came into this game and handled its business, staying off the feisty Bengals in a 19-13 win in a rocking Reliant Stadium.
The Texans will now travel to New England to face the Patriots in the next round of the playoffs for a rematch of the week 14 Monday Night Football showdown in which Houston was humiliated in a 42-14 blowout. There’s no question that this meeting will carry drastically different implications and likely a different taste and feel.
Houston will certainly look to change things up, as the Patriots had them beat at every turn and snuffed out the Texans’ game plan from the beginning.
The resurgence of Arian Foster against the Bengals on Saturday was certainly a boost to the team’s morale. The running back carried the ball 32 times for 140 yards, scored one touchdown, and caught eight balls for 34 yards.
This is exactly the kind of performance Houston will need from Foster next week to have success against the Patriots.
In week 14, Foster was held to 46 yards on 15 carries, and although he did score a touchdown, he didn’t have enough of an impact to change the game.
Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans celebrates after he scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during their AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Reliant Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Matt Schaub did not make the impression that his fans were hoping for in his playoff debut. He finished the day 29-of-38 passing for 262 yards and one interception.
Schaub was saved by the play of Foster and the Texans’ defense that held the Bengals out of the end zone for the entire game.
If recent trends continue, the Texans will need all the help they can from their defense and their backfield to have a chance at winning the Lombardi trophy – not-to-mention next week’s matchup.
As for the game with Cincinnati, the Texans really didn’t do anything flashy, and didn’t take chances. But despite yielding a somewhat subdued playoff game, in terms of entertainment value, the formula was largely successful to keep the Bengals at bay and contain the game to a battle of the defenses.
If I had a game ball to give, I would award it to head coach Gary Kubiak, who inspired his team to overcome their late-season struggles and get a win in the biggest game his team has played this year. His clock awareness and his overall management of the game were also invaluable in determining the outcome of the game.
The Texans will need all of that and more again next week as they go head-to-head with the great football mind of Bill Belichick.
As for now the Texans live to play another day. They have the talent to hang with anyone, and we have all seen flashes of their brilliance. But we’ve also seen signs of inexperience, immaturity and a lock of focus.
At times this year it seems like the Texans have fielded two entirely different teams from week to week.
The question now becomes: which team will show up one week from now?
The Houston Texans meet the New England Patriots in Gillett Stadium at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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According to the Houston Texans,
The #Texans have placed ILB Tim Dobbins on the Reserve/Injured list with an ankle injury
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 4, 2013
The #Texans have signed rookie ILB Cameron Collins from the practice squad to the active roster
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 4, 2013
This comes a big blow to an already depleted inside linebacker...
The Houston Texans essentially limped into the playoffs; however they can regain their early season swagger to return to the Magnolia City. They started the season 11-1, only to end the season 12-4 with injury scares and it seems like they took their foot off the throat of the AFC. There are several keys to [...]The post The Houston Texans Keys To Victory appeared first on Queen City Sports.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans used a stifling defensive effort for a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
The Texans will next play at New England on Jan. 13.
Foster became the first player in NFL history to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games.
J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans knocked down a pass from the Bengals Andy Dalton and wasn’t going to let him forget about it. Following the bat-down, which Watt specializes in, Dalton was greeted with a Mutombo finger wag.
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In a quarterback-driven world, neither one that started in this battle out-shined the other.Andy Dalton threw for a hapless -6 yards in the first half. (Yes – that is a negative sign, not the en dash that I overuse). Matt Schaub misfired the ball and Leon Hall read the quarterback’s eyes like a comic strip and returned the ball for six points in the 2nd quarter.Both defenses...
THE GOOD: Houston's OffenseThe Texans scored just one touchdown in Saturday's game, but scored on five different possessions. That tells us that Houston moved the ball consistently all day, and stuck to its game plan: giving the ball to #23. Arian Foster ran for 140 yards on 32 carries, and scored the only offensive touchdown in the game. He also added eight grabs for...
The NFL Wild Card Weekend kicks off with the Houston Texans (12-4) hosting the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6). For the second year in a row, the Texans and Bengals will meet as the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds. The Texans came out on top 31-10 last year at Reliant Stadium. The Bengals enter this weekend having won seven of their last eight, while the Texans struggled in the final weeks of the...
Couldn't stop Arian Foster. Couldn't make that one big play when it was right at their fingertips. And, in an ending so sickeningly familiar, the Bengals couldn't break one of the NFL's longest streaks of playoff futility.
Plenty of blame to go around for this one.
Andy Dalton overthrew an open A.J. Green in the end zone in the closing minutes, and the Houston Texans...
The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans will play against each other in the opening round of the AFC playoffs. NBC will carry this game which has kickoff scheduled for 4:30 pm EST from Reliant Field in Houston, TX.
After starting the season 11-1 the Texans have lost three of four and thus stumbling into the playoffs. The Bengals seem to be peaking at the right time having lost...
Arian Foster could be the player with the most on his shoulders this weekend
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans 4:30 p.m.
@ Reliant Stadium in Houston
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Dear Houston Texans, I think you can win it all.
As a matter-of-fact, I know that you will. But first things first, we need to talk.
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