Friday, July 25, 2014





Texans take out Bengals


February 20. 2013 12:59AM
Story Tools
PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR
Send to Kindle


HOUSTON — J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock Cincinnati out of the playoffs for the second straight year.


Matt Schaub made his postseason debut a successful one when Foster's 1-yard touchdown in third quarter helped the Texans to a 19-13 AFC wild-card playoff win over the Bengals on Saturday.


Now comes the big test. The Texans (13-4) move on to the second round on Jan. 13, when they visit the New England Patriots, who beat them 42-14 in Week 14.


Shayne Graham kicked four field goals for the Texans, while Foster finished with 140 yards and became the first NFL player to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games. Watt finished with a sack and swatted away two of Andy Dalton's pass attempts, once wagging his finger at the Bengals quarterback after the play.


The Texans had trouble finishing drives and managed three field goals in the first half against the Bengals (10-7). Houston struck first after the break, with Foster scoring the game's only offensive touchdown to make it 16-7.


Schaub, who missed last year's playoffs with a foot injury, had an interception returned for a touchdown by Leon Hall before halftime.


It was never easy, Schaub said. Cincinnati is a great team. I made a turnover and gave them points. We just had to rally around each other and we did that.


Johnathan Joseph, a former Bengal, came up with an interception for the Texans, who kept Cincinnati without a playoff win since 1991, the league's longest current streak.


I think it was a full defensive effort, everybody was flying around and we were getting off the field on third downs, Watt said.


Houston had struggled on third downs lately. This time, the Texans didn't let the Bengals convert a third down on nine tries.


The Texans rebounded from a terrible month where they lost three of four games and the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.


The win came in front of a record crowd of 71,738, including former Oilers great Earl Campbell.


We like to run the ball and play good defense, Foster said.


It only takes one week to turn things around in the NFL and we did that.


Schaub shook off his first-half miscue to finish 29 of 38 for 262 yards.


The Bengals couldn't do anything offensively before the break, and were outgained 250-53 in the first half.


Dalton was 4 of 10 for 3 yards in a miserable first half for the Bengals.


He finished 14 of 30 for 127 yards.


Houston piled up 351 yards and held the ball for 32 minutes through three quarters, but got into the end zone only once.


Dalton's 45-yard pass to A.J. Green got Cincinnati moving in the third quarter and set up Josh Brown's 34-yard field goal to make it close.


When Dalton tried to go to Green again, Joseph intercepted and got the Texans in scoring range again as the quarter ended.


In last year's playoffs, the Texans trounced the Bengals 31-10, with Dalton throwing three interceptions.


 























Cincinnati0733—13
Houston3673—19


First Quarter


Hou—FG S.Graham 48, 7:49.



Second Quarter


Hou—FG S.Graham 27, 13:07.


Cin—Hall 21 interception return (Brown kick), 9:30.


Hou—FG S.Graham 22, 2:19.



Third Quarter


Hou—Foster 1 run (S.Graham kick), 10:31.


Cin—FG Brown 34, 7:48.



Fourth Quarter


Hou—FG S.Graham 24, 14:17.


Cin—FG Brown 47, 9:03.


A—71,738.













































































CinHou
First downs1224
Total Net Yards198420
Rushes-yards16-8039-158
Passing118262
Punt Returns3-122-14
Kickoff Returns6-1562-47
Interceptions Ret.1-211-14
Comp-Att-Int14-30-129-38-1
Sacked-Yards Lost2-90-0
Punts5-46.63-42.0
Fumbles-Lost1-00-0
Penalties-Yards5-517-55
Time of Possession21:1138:49


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING—Cincinnati, Green-Ellis 11-63, Dalton 4-15, Leonard 1-2. Houston, Foster 32-140, Martin 1-16, Schaub 4-1, Tate 2-1.


PASSING—Cincinnati, Dalton 14-30-1-127. Houston, Schaub 29-38-1-262.


RECEIVING—Cincinnati, Green 5-80, M.Jones 3-34, Hawkins 2-15, Gresham 2-7, Green-Ellis 2-(minus 9). Houston, Daniels 9-91, Foster 8-34, Johnson 4-62, Walter 4-26, G.Graham 3-29, Casey 1-20.


MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.




Comments
comments powered by Disqus Commenting Guidelines
Poll
Mortgage Minute


Search for New & Used Cars

Make 
Model
 
Used New All
 

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just the home you want!

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just what you need!

Search Pet Classifieds
Dogs Cats Other Animals



Social Media/RSS
Times Leader on Twitter
Times Leader on Youtube
Times Leader on Google+
The Times Leader on Tumblr
The Times Leader on Pinterest
Times Leader RSS Feeds