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Question of the Day
First playoff game, first postseason win in Houston Texans history.
Next up: the Baltimore Ravens.
Rookie J.J. Watt’s leaping interception return for a touchdown late in the first half propelled the Texans to a 31-10 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in an AFC wild-card game.
After watching the playoffs from home for nine seasons, the AFC South champion Texans (11-6) are postseason newcomers no more. They’ll take on the AFC North champion Ravens (12-4) in Baltimore next Sunday.
“This team believes,” running back Arian Foster said. “I’ve never been around a team like this before. We don’t need anyone else to believe.”
Third-string quarterback T.J. Yates, a rookie pressed into action when Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart were lost for the season with injuries, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson. Foster followed with his second touchdown of the game, a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter, to finish off the Bengals (9-8).
Foster also scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter to tie it at 7, and finished with 153 yards on 24 carries.
“The way we ran the ball today,” Yates said, “it will be hard to stop us in the playoffs.”
The Detroit Lions (10-6) were making their first playoff appearance since 1999, taking on record-breaking Drew Brees and the Saints (13-3) at New Orleans later Saturday.
In Sunday’s two matchups, Atlanta (10-6) is at the New York Giants (9-7), and Pittsburgh (12-4) is at Denver (8-8).
At Houston, 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.
As the game’s final seconds ticked away, Houston coach Gary Kubiak walked down the sideline, a broad smile on his face, and smacked hands with players and assistant coaches.
“As soon as we settled down and got in the groove,” Foster said, “we did what we do best.”
At East Rutherford, N.J., Eli Manning and the Giants are coming off big wins over the rival Jets and Cowboys to reach the playoffs after missing out the last two years and putting coach Tom Coughlin’s job in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, the Falcons are in the playoffs for the second straight year and third time in four seasons. But that experience hasn’t led to success as quarterback Matt Ryan has failed to lead the team to a victory.
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