Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/5/13
HOUSTON -- With positive momentum long since departed and home-field advantage lost during a forgettable December, the Texans sought a fresh start Saturday, something to erase the stench of their collapse. While their offense, led by six Pro Bowl selections, failed to deliver convincingly, the Texans welcomed the timely return of their dominating defense and outlasted the Bengals for a second consecutive year, winning 19-13 in an AFC Wild Card Game on Saturday at Reliant Stadium. The Texans (13-4) amassed 420 yards, including 140 yards on 32 carries from running back Arian Foster, yet settled for four Shayne Graham field goals. Quarterback Matt Schaub earned his first postseason despite an uneven performance, passing for 262 yards. However, the Texans' defense performed exceptionally throughout, limiting the Bengals to 198 yards and a pair of field goals. Andy Dalton completed 14 of 30 passes for 127 yards and an interception as Cincinnati (10-7) did not convert any of their n...
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