The No. 3 seed Houston Texans advanced to the second round of the National Football League championship playoff after handling the No 6. seed Cincinnati Bengals, 31-10, on Jan. 7 in the AFC wild card round at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The win marked the first postseason victory in Texans franchise history.

Most Outstanding Player(s) of the Game:

Houston running back Arian Foster made the best of his first career playoff game, rushing for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

Veteran Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson also stood out in the first postseason action of his career, hauling in five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Unsung Hero of the Game:
Texans rookie quarterback T.J Yates started the 2011-12 regular season as the third-string quarterback. But after injuries to the starters, he was forced into action just weeks before the post-season began. Yates played well despite the lack of experience, completing 11-of-20 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals.

More Game Notes:
Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton struggled in perhaps the worst game of his young NFL career, as he threw three interceptions to the Texans’ defense without scoring any touchdowns. One of Dalton’s interceptions was returned for a defensive touchdown by Texans rookie defensive end J.J. Watts. Houston’s defense contained Cincinnati’s explosive offense to just 300 total yards and one touchdown in the game.

The Texans (11-6 overall) are scheduled to face the No. 2 seed Baltimore Ravens (12-4 overall) in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 15 at M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor