Texans win 19-13, knocking Bengals out of playoffs
The Houston Texans were disposed to win after the Cincinnati Bengals failed to make their presence noted in the first half Saturday. The Cincinnati Bengals lost their spark again a few times in the third quarter, and couldn’t possibly recover after messing up a crucial drive for touchdown in the fourth quarter.
With the victory, the Houston Texans move on to the Divisional round of playoffs. But don’t expect the New England Patriots to go so easy on them.
The entire game feature only one offensive touchdown – a one yard plunge by running back Arian Foster on the 4:29 mark in the third quarter to give the Houston Texans a decisive 16-7 lead. It was the Houston Texans’ only time the Houston Texans had a successful drive down the goal line following four trips into the red zone.
The Cincinnati Bengals responded with their most commendable drive of the day on a 45-yard pass completion by quarterback Andy Dalton to running back A.J. Green that set the ball at the Houston Texans’ 23-yard line. However, on third-and-three from the 16-yard line, Andy Dalton had the ball batted from him. Consequently, the pass incompletion set up the Cincinnati Bengals for a 34-yards field goal by Josh Brown.
On their following possession, the Cincinnati Bengals lost all hope of a comeback when on third-and-five on their 16, Houston Texans cornerback intercepted a pass by Andy Dalton at the Bengals 40-yard line and returned it to 24-yard line.
A holding call moved the Houston Texans back 10 yards as Shayne Graham earned their fourth field goal in the game, so that the Texans were leading 19-10 on the 14 minute mark. A 47-yard field goal with 9:03 remaining in the game brought the Cincinnati Bengals within 19-13, but that was it. The Cincinnati Bengals didn’t even look alive on a fouth-and-11 drive at the Houston Texans’ 36-yard line, when they fell two yards short, and turned the ball over giving their rivals the opportunity to run the clock.
Despite their short comings, the Cincinnati Bengals fell hard after trailing 9-7 in the first half. The Houston Texans time and time again failed to put the game away by punching into the red zone down the stretch during the first half. The twice moved into the red zone during the second-quarter but instead of touchdowns left with two field goals by Shayne Graham.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals offense was throttled by the Houston Texans defense, managing only four first downs compared to the Texans’ 14. The Cincinnati Bengals’ loss also fell on lack of third down conversions (0-9).
The Cincinnati Bengals’ lone touchdown also came courtesy of a Leon Hall pass interception of Matt Schaub, who threw short on third-and-three to fullback James Casey at the 21-yard line with 9:30 remaining in the second quarter. Andy Dalton completed just 14-of-30 passes for 127 yards.
Meanwhile, Matt Schaub played smart running his receivers for short routes. Matt Schaub was 29-of-28 for 262 yards. Arian Foster was also fundamental to the Houston Texans ground attack with 32 carries for 140 yards.