SoRaspy: Houston Texans win first playoff game, 31-10 over Bengals
For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Texans have won a playoff game.
But there’s no time to celebrate for the Texans: After today’s 31-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Texans will now play a divisional round game in Baltimore, where they lost to the Ravens 29-14 in the regular season.
Rookie J.J. Watt’s leaping interception return for a touchdown late in the first half propelled the Texans in Saturday’s AFC wild-card game. Third-string quarterback T.J. Yates, another rookie pressed into action, then threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson in the third quarter and Arian Foster followed with his second touchdown of the game, a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter, to finish off the Bengals.
Watt returned the first of rookie Andy Dalton’s three interceptions 29 yards for a score that broke a 10-all tie with 52 seconds left in the half.
Yates then hit Johnson on a TD pass late in the third quarter, and Foster added his long scoring run to close out the scoring.
Cincinnati was in the playoffs for the third time in seven seasons, but the Bengals (9-8) haven’t advanced since beating the Houston Oilers following the 1990 season.
Foster scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter to tie the score at 7, and finished with 153 yards on 24 carries.
Dalton was 24 of 42 for 257 yards, while Yates was 11 of 20 for 159 yards in the first playoff game in the Super Bowl era matching two rookie quarterbacks.
As the final seconds ticked away, Kubiak walked down the sideline wearing a broad smile and smacked hands with players and assistant coaches.
He embraced Johnson — the franchise’s best player — in a moment that was a decade in the making.
And two rookies helped make it happen.
The Texans not only snapped their losing streak, they also broke their stretch of low-scoring games, going over 22 points for the first time since a 37-9 win over Tampa Bay in Week 10, when starter Matt Schaub sustained a season-ending foot injury.
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