Houston 19, Cincinnati 13

Saturday, January 5, 2013 4:30 PM
WHEN: 4:30 PM EST, Saturday, January 5, 2013
WHERE: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Alberto Riveron
ATTENDANCE: 71738

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 0 7 3 3 13
Houston 3 6 7 3 19

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cincinnati 10-6 4-4 6-2 L1
Houston 12-4 6-2 6-2 W1

Recap


Texans 19, Bengals 13: Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and host Houston used a suffocating defense to eliminate Cincinnati from the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Matt Schaub threw for 262 yards and Shayne Graham kicked four field goals to help the third-seeded Texans (13-4) snap a two-game losing streak and advance to a divisional-round matchup at New England next Sunday. The Patriots crushed visiting Houston 42-14 on Dec. 10.

The Texans held the Bengals without an offensive touchdown and had a 420-198 edge in total yards while controlling the ball for 38 minutes, 49 seconds. Tight end Owen Daniels had a season-high nine receptions for 91 yards and Foster added eight catches for 34 yards.

Cincinnati's only touchdown came on a 21-yard interception return by Leon Hall in the second quarter that left the Bengals trailing at halftime 9-7 despite only three yards passing by Andy Dalton.

Foster's 1-yard plunge early in the third quarter made it 16-7 and Graham's fourth field goal - following an interception by Johnathan Joseph - put Houston ahead 19-10 with 14:17 to play. Josh Brown booted a 47-yarder with 9:03 left to cut the deficit to 19-13, but Dalton overthrew A.J. Green in the end zone on the Bengals' final possession.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Dalton was 14-for-30 for 127 yards and an interception for Cincinnati, which lost to the Texans 31-10 in the wild-card round last season. ... Foster became the first player in history to rush for 100 yards in each of his first three playoff games. ... Hall's interception for the TD was Cincinnati's second in the postseason and first since Neal Craig accomplished the feat in 1973.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Cincinnati   Houston
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Player Arian Foster
11 Attempts 32
63 Yards 140
5.7 Avg Yards 4.4
0 Touchdowns 1
29 Long 17
Receiving
Cincinnati   Houston
A.J. Green Player Owen Daniels
5 Receptions 9
80 Yards 91
16.0 Avg Yards 10.1
0 Touchdowns 0
45 Long 19

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Cincinnati 198 80 118 1 2 1 0.0 0
Houston 420 158 262 1 4 1 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game on the road against New England. The Texans have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .750 after a loss.