Bengals Vs. Texans, NFL Playoffs 2012: Houston Through To The Next Round With 31-10 Win

Andy Dalton struggled and the Houston Texans took advantage, advancing to the divisional round with a 31-10 win. For more on this game, visit Bengals blog Cincy Jungle, Texans blog Battle Red Blog and SB Nation's Bengals-Texans StoryStream.

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NFL Playoffs 2012: Arian Foster, Texans Dominate; Drew Brees, Saints Offense Explodes Again

The first day of Wild Card weekend is done. We saw the Texans claim a 31-10 victory over the Bengals and the Saints, as usual, explode offensively in a win over the Lions.

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Owen Daniels Injury: Texans TE May Have Hurt Hand In Bengals Game

The Houston Texans dominated the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC's Wild Card game on Saturday but they didn't come out of the game completely unscathed. Tight end Owen Daniels is undergoing x-rays on what the Houston Chronicle has called a possible broken hand.

Daniels hurt the hand on the first half play that Marvin Lewis and the Bengals challenged.

In the play in question, Daniels made a key third down reception for the first down but the Bengals defender appeared to also have his hand on it at the same time. The officials ultimately ruled that it was a catch (tie goes to the offense) but a hand injury does make some sense after that play because he was wrestling for control of the ball.

Daniels is obviously a key part of the Texans offense and has nearly 700 yards on the season. Losing him would be a blow any way you cut it so we'll be paying attention to the latest updates on Daniels' status.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.


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Bengals Vs. Texans 2012: Arian Foster Blows Up, Leads Houston To Win

The Houston Texans made their first playoff appearance in franchise history on Saturday and they also walk away with their first playoff win beating the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-10. The Texans looked like a really dominant team getting contributions from the running game and their defense.

The Texans had a lot of guys contribute to this win. Andre Johnson finished with 90 yards receiving and a touchdown. J.J. Watt had a sack and an interception return for a touchdown.

But the real MVP of the game is Arian Foster. It's really not even close. From the Texans first scoring drive to their last, Foster played a significant role. He ended the game with 153 yards rushing and 29 yards receiving. He scored two touchdowns -- with the highlight being this 42-yarder -- and when you add back up Ben Tate the Texans have a winning backfield. They're going to be really hard to beat down the stretch when they visit the Ravens next weekend.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.


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NFL Playoffs Schedule: Texans Will Face Ravens In Divisional Round

The Texans move onto the divisional round after beating the Bengals. Houston now travels to Baltimore where they'll play the Ravens on Sunday, January 15.

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Bengals Vs. Texans Final Score: Houston Wins First NFL Playoff Game, 31-10

The Houston Texans earned their first playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals with suffocating defense and great running from Arian Foster. And, well, Andy Dalton helped.

The Bengals picked off Dalton three times, with J.J. Watt returning one for a touchdown, Foster ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and T.J. Yates kept a steady hand and found Andre Johnson for the wide receiver's first playoff touchdown in his ninth year in a 31-10 rout.

Yates threw for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Johnson had four catches for 90 yards.

Dalton started strong, but fell apart after throwing a pick to Watt in the second quarter. He finished with 252 yards on 27 completions in 42 attempts, but did not throw a touchdown pass, and the Bengals' longest play in the passing game came on a 52-yard pass interference penalty.

The Bengals were even worse on the ground, combining to gain just 76 yards.

With the win, Houston improves to 11-6 on the year and moves on to face the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore in the AFC Divisional round. The Bengals fall to 9-8 and finish their season with the loss.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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VIDEO: Arian Foster Can't Be Tackled, Scores Again

The rout is on in Houston as the Texans take a 21-point lead over the Cincinnati Bengals. Arian Foster now has 153 yards after breaking the corner and rumbling through several tacklers en route to a 42-yard touchdown. Foster should've been brought down about halfway through the run but he just ran past a tackler and kept going.

Here's a look at Foster's touchdown.


We were wondering earlier if Andre Johnson and his 90 yards receiving should be considered the MVP of this game but it's clear Foster has that wrapped up. He's carried Houston throughout the day and his 153 yards show it.

The Texans are leading the game 31-10 at this point and it's easy to see why they won the AFC South. The offense is good enough and the defense is among the NFL's elite.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans: AFC Wild Card Not Being Kind To Andy Dalton

Early on, Andy Dalton looked like the rookie quarterback who was going to win the NFL's first-ever battle of rookie starting quarterbacks in the playoffs. Since the second half has begun, he's just looked like a rookie quarterback.

Just minutes after throwing his second interception, Dalton fired a high heater to the near sideline that Danieal Manning snagged for the Houston defense's third pick of the day.

After starting this AFC Wild Card game 12-for-16, Dalton has cratered against a Houston defense that has taken away A.J. Green, his safety blanket, and turned up the heat up front. He's eight-for-14 since, but three of his incompletions are interceptions, and all three of those picks are demonstrably his fault.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans 2012: Houston Starts Burning The Clock Leading 24-10

The Houston Texans continue to lead the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-10. It's midway through the fourth quarter and Houston is in complete control. They're clearly in clock mode as they just had an eight play drive and ran the ball on seven of those plays.

Arian Foster has over 100 yards on the ground for the day while Ben Tate has added 19 yards. The Texans rushing attack has been pretty effective and it's going to be one of the reasons they should go on to win this game.

The Bengals defensive line is better than you'd think but that's hard to say after Arian Foster has over five yards a carry on them.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.


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Bengals Vs. Texans, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Hopes Dwindling After Andy Dalton's Second Interception

Suddenly, the Houston Texans have every iota of momentum in their AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals — and that's even with Jerome Simpson stepping up his hurdling game.

The Bengals' first drive down 24-10 began promisingly, with Simpson going up an over a defender to get a first down and Jermaine Gresham showing up to get another one. But another sack pushed the Bengals back and forced Andy Dalton to throw deep on second and third down: the former throw sailed well beyond its intended receiver, and the latter found Gresham short of the sticks, though the ball came out near the end of that play, eliciting a timeout from Houston coach Gary Kubiak to study whether to challenge the catch.

He didn't, and so, with the aid of more time, Dalton trotted out on the field for a fourth down — and, after being pressured, threw a lollipop that Johnathan Joseph pulled from the sky for an interception.

It's a measure of how well the Texans are playing that picking off that pass, which cost them about 30 yards of field position, was a bona fide mistake.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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VIDEO: Andre Johnson Should Probably Be Covered

The Houston Texans moved their lead to double digits after T.J. Yates found a wide-open Andre Johnson for a 40-yard touchdown. The Texans lead is now at 24-10 and they are in total control with about a minute left in the third quarter.

The Texans drive started on their own 17-yard line with a big play thanks to, who else, Arian Foster. He caught a screen pass and with a nice change of direction gained 15 yards and a first down. On the next play backup running back Ben Tate stepped in and was drilled at the line of scrimmage for no gain but Foster returned on second down with a 12-yard catch and run moving the Texans down the field.

And then Yates dropped back to pass to see a completely wide-open Andre Johnson streaking down the left sideline.


Foster may still be the MVP with 93 yards rushing and over 100 total yards, Johnson's 86 receiving yards have been huge. The Texans are en route to their first playoff win in franchise history.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Cincy Still Struggling

The Cincinnati Bengals' second drive of the second half against the Houston Texans was better than their first. But only marginally.

The Bengals got first down on this drive, on a run up the middle and a throw from Andy Dalton to Ryan Whalen, but the Cincinnati offensive line melted down again on third down, forcing Dalton to take a sack that necessitated another Kevin Huber punt.

Huber has punted three times on the day, but already has two punts midway through the third quarter. A.J. Green still leads the Bengals in catches and receiving yards, with four for 42 yards, but has not made a catch since the second quarter.

The score remains 17-10 in Houston's favor.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans 2012: Arian Foster Nearing 100 Yards

The Houston Texans offense couldn't score on their first drive of the second half but they still hold a 17-10 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in this AFC Wild Card game.

The Texans started their first offensive drive of the second half by doing what they did 12 times in the first half -- giving the ball to Arian Foster. The Texans running back started with a five-yard gain and followed it up with a 12-yard change of direction run that lead to a first down.

He has 14 carries for 86 yards early in the second quarter.

Unfortunately for Houston, they couldn't keep the momentum going. A drop by Andre Johnson lead to a third and nine and the Bengals defensive line was able to collapse and sack T.J. Yates. The Texans were forced to punt.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, AFC Wild Card: Houston Defense Revving Up

The Houston Texans' defense had begun to turn the tide against the Cincinnati Bengals late in the first half of the two teams' AFC Wild Card meeting. On the first drive of the second half, it nearly swamped the Bengals.

After a first-down run for seven yards by Cedric Benson, a two-yard loss on second down and a penalty pushed the Bengals back to third and 10, and the raucous Houston crowd roared loud enough to force Andy Dalton to take a timeout.

Dalton's third down attempt was also insufficient, despite finding Brian Leonard out of the backfield. Leonard gained just six yards on the play, forcing a punt from Kevin Huber.

The score remains 17-10 in the Texans' favor.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans Score: Houston Takes Touchdown Lead Into Halftime

The Houston Texans enter halftime leading by the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 17-10 and they can thank their defense seven of those. Late in the first half, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt picked off an Andy Dalton pass and returned it all the way for a touchdown.

The halftime story lines in this game -- besides Watt's interception -- start with Arian Foster who's having a very good game with 70 yards on 12 carries. He was a force in the Texans first touchdown drive and also helped put them in position for the field goal. If Foster can continue running at this pace, the Texans are going to be awfully hard to beat. Backup Ben Tate can spell him down the stretch which is part of the reason no one in the NFL rushes the ball more than the Texans.

Andy Dalton started off playing well for the Bengals but he had a disastrous end to the first half. As we mentioned, he threw the interception to Watt, which resulted in a touchdown, and then he did nothing in the Bengals final first half drive before getting sacked by, who else, Watt. Dalton finishes the first half completing 13-of-18 passes for 120 yards.

These two teams played fairly equal through most of the first half but the Texans dominated the final two minutes and they take a 17-10 lead into halftime.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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VIDEO: J.J. Watt Interception Return Gives Texans First Lead Over Bengals

Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals had done nearly everything right in the first half against the Houston Texans. And then J.J. Watt made a play, intercepting a Dalton pass at the line of scrimmage and rumbling 29 yards for a touchdown to give the Texans their first lead of the day at 17-10.

Here's the video of that interception return:

The pick spoils what had been a nearly flawless first half for Dalton in his playoff debut. He is 13-for-18 for 120 yards, and had propped up the Cincinnati offense that was struggling to put together a running game.

But an interception that was very much on Dalton — Watt makes an impressive play, but only because the ball is coming right at him — may linger into halftime and longer.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans Score: Houston Ties It Up Again, 10-10

The Houston Texans offense marched down the field and appeared to be on their way to another touchdown but the stingy Cincinnati Bengals defense kept them out of the end zone. The Texans settled for a field goal tying the game, 10-10 just past the two-minute warning.

The Texans scoring drive went 59 yards on 13 plays but one play in particular stood out.

On their own 37-yard line, T.J. Yates hit Owen Daniels for what appeared to be an eight-yard gain and a first down. But a closer look at the replays showed Daniels may never have really had possession of the ball. Both Daniels and the Bengals defender had their hands on the ball as he went to the ground but, as NBC's Mike Mayock pointed out, the tie goes to the offense in a situation like this.

The Bengals challenged the play, which was (I think) a good decision considering how big that play was but after review the officials confirmed their original call -- it's a catch.

Also of note, is that the Bengals are now out of challenges for the rest of the game (and it's still the second quarter).

The Texans continued driving down the field -- a 12-yard Arian Foster run here, a 17-yard pass to Andre Johnson there and they quickly found themselves in field goal range as the two-minute warning hit. Facing a third and six, Yates faced a Bengals blitz and winged it deep to Andre Johnson in the end zone but the connection failed. Johnson couldn't come up with the ball and the Texans settled for a field goal.

Foster continues to be the best thing going for the Texans offense as he now has 70 yards on 12 carries.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, AFC Wild Card 2012: Mike Nugent Gives Cincy 10-7 Lead

The Cincinnati Bengals have tried a "Big play to get into field goal range, then kick a field goal" strategy twice in Saturday's AFC Wild Card game with the Houston Texans. On the second try, it worked, and a Mike Nugent field goal has given the Bengals a 10-7 lead.

The Bengals got their second big play of the day via Andy Dalton's mobility: their quarterback got out of the pocket and created a passing lane, then found Donald Lee for a 36-yard gain. The Texans tacked on another 15 yards to that play with an unnecessary roughness penalty, but the Bengals stalled in Houston territory yet again, with Dalton throwing for a loss, throwing a near-interception, and tossing a shovel pass for no gain once the Bengals got into field goal range.

Nugent made the 37-yard field goal after missing one from 50 yards earlier in the game.

Dalton has been excellent for the Bengals, completing 12 of 16 passes for 121 yards.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans 2012: Cincy Defense Stuffs Houston; Score Remains Tied, 7-7

The Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals remain tied, 7-7, early in the second quarter and the Houston offense has now punted on three of their first four drives of the game. The Texans scored on their third drive of the game largely thanks to Arian Foster but the Bengals defensive line was able to step up and push the Texans into a three-and-out on their latest drive.

Texans quarterback T.J. Yates was dropped to the ground on first down, Foster was limited to a four-yard gain on second down and the Bengals defensive line pressured Yates into an incompletion on third down.

Most people don't realize how good Cincinnati's defensive line is but they'll start to get some recognition if they can stop Foster and the Texans rushing attack consistently. So far, Foster is winning with 51 yards on eight carries early in the second quarter. Yates is 2-of-6 passing for 41 yards so they'll be probably be leaning on Foster.

Neither team is establishing any dominance. The key for both teams moving forward will be establishing some sort of momentum (and, in Cincinnati's case, not missing field goals).

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Bengals Move Ball, Mike Nugent Misses Field Goal

After opening the scoring early in the first quarter against the Houston Texans, the Cincinnati Bengals faced the task of responding to a Texans touchdown that made the game 7-7 on their third drive of the day. They moved the ball, but stalled in Houston's end, and failed to change that score.

Andy Dalton fumbled a premature snap on the first play of the drive, but recovered it; he then recovered to complete a pass that became Jerome Simpson's first catch of the day on the next play. Bernard Scott converted the short third down into a first down. Dalton then found A.J. Green again for nine yards, and Scott got Cincinnati another first down with another short carry.

The next set of downs opened with a false start that backed the Bengals up, but throws underneath to Ryan Whalen and Scott gave Cincinnati yet another short yardage third down; on this one, Dalton rolled right and found Green to move the sticks.

Dalton found Green again for 20 yards over the middle, getting the Bengals into field goal range, but a short run, a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage, and a sack by Brooks Reed forced the Bengals to try a 50-yard field goal from Mike Nugent, which fluttered wide right.

Green has four catches for 42 yards so far, and is clearly going to be the focal point of the Cincinnati offense on this Saturday.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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ANIMATED: Arian Foster's Dream Shake Pays Homage To Hakeem Olajuwon

It's the Arian Foster show early in the AFC Wild Card game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans. Foster leads everyone in yards with 47 on the ground through the first quarter and he can add a touchdown to his stats. He tied up the game at seven apiece with an eight-yard run.

But what he did after his touchdown was even better. Earlier in the week Foster tweeted that he wanted to pay homage to Houston Rockets Legend Hakeem Olajuwon with the Dream Shake. What's that, you ask? Take a look:

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That's compared to the original Dream Shake:

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The Bengals have a strong defensive line and they know they can't let Foster run for seven yards a clip. This is a matchup to watch the rest of the game. The Texans are very, very hard to beat when Foster gets going.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans Score: Arian Foster Touchdown Leads To Tie Game, 7-7

The Cincinnati Bengals were the first to strike in Saturday's AFC Wild Card game as they took a 7-0 lead over the Houston Texans midway through the first quarter (due largely in part to a 52-yard pass interference call).

But the Texans offense quickly responded to tie the game.

Foster kicked things off on the Texans third drive of the game with a four-yard run and he picked up 20 more on his next carry with a nice change-of-direction move. The Texans momentum continued on the next play as Yates hit Owen Daniels for a 21-yard gain.

On that same play, the Bengals' Reggie Nelson was hit with a 15-yard flag for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head/neck area. Judge for yourself on the penalty:

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That set up Foster's touchdown which came on an eight-yard run. Foster is the early star in this game with 47 yards on seven carries. The Texans should be confident if he continues running at that rate.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans Score, AFC Wild Card: Cincinnati Strikes First On The Road

It would probably be wise for the Cincinnati Bengals, a team starting a rookie quarterback on the road in the NFL playoffs, to get off to a strong start against the Houston Texans. So far in their AFC Wild Card game, the Bengals are making that happen, and lead 7-0.

Cincinnati got a couple of yards on a run up the middle by Cedric Benson, then moved deep into Houston territory on a 52-yard pass interference penalty on this play-action pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green.

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Another run by Benson and an incomplete pass to Green put the Bengals in a third-and-long situation, but a screen pass to Brian Leonard set them up with goal to go.

Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden then got the right call for Benson, who ran off tackle to the left untouched for a touchdown. After the Mike Nugent extra point, Cincinnati took the first lead of the game at 7-0.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans 2012: AFC Wild Card Game Still Scoreless As Houston Punts Again

The Houston Texans offense didn't fare any better on their second drive. After a 20-yard pass to start their second drive of the day, the Texans went nowhere in three straight plays and had to punt to the Bengals once again.

Texans receiver Andre Johnson has been battling a couple of hamstring injuries all season but he's still Andre Johnson and he had a nice 20-yard reception from Yates moving the Texans offense down the field in a promising start.

From there, the drive stalled with the Bengals knocking down a Yates pass on third down. The Texans punted once again and the Bengals take over.

The Texans have started the game with little to show for it. The game remains scoreless midway through the first quarter.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans 2012: Cincinnati Opens With Three-And-Out

The Cincinnati Bengals began the 2012 NFL playoffs by forcing the Houston Texans to go three and out in their AFC Wild Card game at Reliant Stadium in Houston. But the Bengals' first offensive opportunity went about as poorly.

Cedric Benson opened the Bengals' first playoff game since 2009 by running left for three yards, and then Andy Dalton found A.J. Green on a short pass. But Dalton misfired on short route to Benson on third down, and Benson could not make a catch that would have extended the drive, instead forcing Kevin Huber to punt.

Both Benson, a Texas product, and Dalton, from TCU, are playing games in front of a crowd that likely includes more than a few family and friends. Early on, nerves may well be a factor.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans 2012: Houston Offense Can't Move The Ball On First Drive

The Houston Texans are hosting the Cincinnati Bengals in the first AFC Wild Card game of the year. The usually explosive offense went three and out giving the ball back to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Arian Foster, the Texans leading rusher, had one carry for five yards and also got hit with a false start penalty setting the offense back five yards. Foster is clearly going to be a key for the Houston offense in this game, especially with rookie T.J. Yates at quarterback.

Foster also came awfully close to coughing it up, which would have been disastrous for Houston.

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Ben Tate, the Texans other running back, also had a five yard run in the series. Like Foster, Tate is an important part of the Texans offense. They rush the ball so often Foster needs help and Tate is a very good partner.

The Texans and Bengals are at no score through one drive in this AFC Wild Card game.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, NFL Playoffs 2012: Full Inactives Lists Released For Both Teams

The Houston Texans are preparing for kickoff in their first-ever playoff game on Saturday, where they will host the Cincinnati Bengals as the NFL postseason officially gets underway. With the first official playoff game come the first official inactives lists of the postseason.

Nick Scurfield of the official Texans blog has supplied the full inactives lists for both teams in the game. No real surprises with these lists.

Texans inactives
7 QB Jeff Garcia
15 WR Jeff Maehl
26 CB Brandon Harris
33 FS Troy Nolan
61 G Thomas Austin
66 T Andrew Gardner
88 TE Garrett Graham

Bengals inactives
26 S Taylor Mays
31 S Robert Sands
52 LB Dontay Moch
60 G Otis Hudson
73 OT Anthony Collins
85 WR Armon Binns
98 DT Nick Hayden

Neither team needs to make any starting lineup changes as a result of these moves.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates on Saturday's game.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, NFL Playoffs 2012: Andre Johnson Claims To Be Ready, Taylor Mays Inactive

The Houston Texans are preparing to host the Cincinnati Bengals in the opening round of the 2012 NFL playoffs on Saturday. It will be the first-ever playoff appearance for the Texans franchise. There is still some last-minute news coming out regarding player statuses before the game kicks off.

On Saturday afternoon, the official Sunday Night Football Twitter feed offered a couple of updates on injuries prior to the game.

Flanagan: Bengals safety Taylor Mays inactive. Andre Johnson tells me he is ready to run full speed.
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Bengals safety Taylor Mays did you participate in practices during the week due to a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful prior to today, according to SB Nation's Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle. It now appears that he will be sitting out this playoff game entirely.

The bigger news, perhaps, is the item regarding Andre Johnson. The superstar wide receiver for the Texans has missed several weeks due to various injuries during the season and there was rampant speculation about whether he would be fully ready to play on Saturday. If Johnson is indeed at 100 percent, that could be the edge that the Texans need to come away with a victory.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, NFL Playoffs 2012: Tom Hammond And Mike Mayock To Announce Afternoon Game On NBC

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans will face off Saturday afternoon in the first AFC Wild Card game of the 2012 postseason. With the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints earning primetime status, the Bengals and Texans will get the "B" team treatment this weekend. Tom Hammond and Mike Mayock will handle play-by-play and color duties, while Alex Flanagan works the sideline.

Hammond and Mayock typically team up for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame Football. Last year's Wild Card game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints was the first time the team ever handled an NFL Playoff game. You can catch them announcing Saturday's game live at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, or online at NBCSports.com and NFL.com.

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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Bengals Are Underdogs But Can Beat Texans

The Cincinnati Bengals will go on the road to play the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card game on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC. Like most fan bases, the Cincinnati community feels they have a legitimate shot at winning on Saturday.

We asked our Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, why the Bengals will win and why they'll lose:

Why the Bengals will win: During their week 14 meeting at Paul Brown Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals forced two fumbles against the Houston Texans' offense within two minutes of each other, early in the fourth quarter while sporting a commanding nine-point lead. The second was a fumble recovered by the Bengals, returned to the five-yard line where Geno Atkins lost control of the ball that Houston eventually recovered at their own two-yard line. Houston was forced to put together consecutive 13-play drives, turning a nine-point deficit into a one-point win in the fourth quarter.

Why the Bengals will lose: The Bengals have struggled all season closing out games against teams that eventually made the playoffs, going winless in seven tries. Though the losses were all within a score, save for the second game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals will have to prove that they can surpass that milestone.

Check out SB Nation's NFL playoffs picks. Here is the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Houston Texans Favored Over Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals will play the Houston Texans in the first AFC Wild Card game of the weekend. The Bengals are underdogs in the game and that's part of the reason our Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, thinks Houston should win the game.

Battle Red Blog explains why the Texans will win, and why they'll lose:

Why the Texans will win: The Texans played their worst game of the season (allowed five sacks, lost the turnover battle 4:2, and played without their star receiver) and still won on the road, in large part due to the defense keeping them in the game with incredible halftime adjustments. If Houston cleans up their own mistakes then they should control the ball game.

Why the Texans will lose: Houston will lose if their zone run game is taken out of the equation by an athletic and quick Cincinnati front four. Gary Kubiak's offense is built being able to run the ball to open up those long play action passes. If there's no running game then there's no offense and the defense won't able to win it on their own.

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For more on the Bengals, head over to the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates on Saturday's game.

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AFC Wild Card 2012, Bengals Vs. Texans: Cincinnati Relatively Healthy, Houston Not As Much

Perhaps no team in the NFL has been as stricken by the injury bug as the 2012 Houston Texans. Despite losing their top two starting quarterbacks for the season, and Arian Foster and Andre Johnson for weeks at a time, they still managed to finish the regular season with a 10-6 record and a playoff berth. The Cincinnati Bengals enter Saturday's AFC Wild Card game with some injury concerns of their own. The relative health of both teams could be the key to the game.

By sheer numbers, the Texans' injury report looks much more worrisome. The team listed 20 players with some sort of ailment this week. Johnson is perhaps the most important player to keep an eye on. He played roughly 20 snaps last week while dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, catching just two passes for 21 yards. Johnson is expected to earn roughly 45-50 snaps on Saturday, giving Houston a much-needed boost with rookie T.J. Yates under center.

The Bengals are generally in much better standing health-wise. Quarterback Andy Dalton was hospitalized with an illness earlier this week, but has since been released and is expected to be 100 percent for the game. One player to keep an eye on will be Geno Atkins, who was unable to practice fully this week until Friday due to an Achilles injury. Against a vaunted Texans running attack, his presence will be critical along the defensive line.

For more on the Bengals, head over to the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates on Saturday's game.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, NFL Playoffs 2012: Watch Live Online

For those who won't be able to tune into Saturday's AFC Wild Card matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans on television, you have options. Legal ones, too! For the first time ever, this season's 2012 NFL Playoffs will be available for streaming online for free. On Saturday, you can catch both playoff games on NBCSports.com and NFL.com.

For those trying to catch Saturday's game on their mobile device of choice, those with Verizon Wireless can download the NFL Mobile app from NFL.com to access live video feeds. Unfortunately, those without Verizon are out of luck unless they resort to more dubious methods.

The Houston Texans are playing their first playoff game in franchise history. Saturday's game will also feature two rookie quarterbacks playing against one another in the postseason for the first time ever in the Super Bowl era. The Bengals will look to slow down a potent Texans rushing attack led by Arian Foster, among other factors.

For more on Saturday's game, be sure to head over to Bengals blog Cincy Jungle and Texans blog Battle Red Blog.

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Bengals Vs. Texans, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

To kick off Wild Card Weekend in the 2011 NFL Playoffs, the AFC South Champion Houston Texans will play the first playoff game in franchise history when they host the No. 6 seed Cincinnati Bengals at Reliant Stadium at 4:30pm ET on Saturday afternoon.

Both of Saturday's playoff games will be shown on NBC, with their "B" team of Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock, and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan assigned to the Bengals-Texans game.

In addition to the Texans playing the first playoff game in franchise history, Saturday's game will be the first time in the Super Bowl era where both teams will be starting rookie quarterbacks. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was a second-round pick in last April's draft and opened the season as the starter, while fifth-round pick T.J. Yates has gained his starting role after Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart suffered season-ending injuries.

Led by Yates, the Texans came from behind to defeat the Bengals 20-19 in Week 14. Dalton passed 189 yards and a touchdown in that meeting and Tim at Battle Red Blog anticipates a long day for Dalton against a Texans defense that ranked 2nd in total and were 3rd against the pass.

The guys at Cincy Jungle think the key match-up involves Bengals first-round wide receiver A.J. Green against Texans Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph, a former Bengals first-round pick who signed with the Texans when the lockout ended.

For more on this 2012 AFC Playoff matchup, follow our comprehensive Bengals vs. Texans StoryStream. Get the latest news and fan perspective at our Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle and our Texans blog, Battle Red Blog.

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NFL Playoffs: Rookie QBs Andy Dalton, T.J. Yates Square Off In Historic First

T.J. Yates and the Texans host Andy Dalton and the Bengals in the first playoff game in NFL history featuring two rookie starters at quarterback. Which one has what it takes to advance to the Divisional round?

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