The Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 at Reliant Stadium on Saturday in the first playoff game in franchise history. They advanced to play the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in the Divisional Round next Sunday at noon CT. The game will be broadcast on CBS and SportsRadio 610 AM.
The Ravens beat the Texans 29-14 at Baltimore in Week 6. It was closer than the score indicates, as the Texans led 14-13 midway through the third quarter before the Ravens scored the final 16 points. The Texans did not have wide receiver Andre Johnson in that game, although they did have quarterback Matt Schaub.
Running back Arian Foster was limited to 49 yards on 15 carries (3.3 average) and dropped two passes, including one on third down in Ravens territory with 11 minutes remaining as the Texans were driving to try to take the lead. The Texans drove into Ravens territory seven times but only came away with points twice.
“It’s going to be a good game,” Foster said on Saturday. “The good thing about the playoffs is that everyone starts out at 0-0. We’re 1-0 right now so we have a little momentum going into Baltimore but they’re going to be well rested and have great leadership on their defense. It’s just an honor and a privilege to play against those players with my players on this stage. This is what athletes dream of.”
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was 20-of-33 for 305 yards and one interception in Week 6, including eight passes for 132 yards to wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Ravens running back Ray Rice had 101 rushing yards on 23 carries.
“You watch the film the first time we played them, we were with them the whole game except a couple deep passes,” Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said. “We’re just going to try to limit them as best we can, get after Flacco, apply the pressure and play better defensive ball.”
The Ravens were 8-0 at home this season. They outscored opponents 190-105, an average score of 23.7 to 13.1. The Texans were 5-3 on the road. After losing to the Ravens on Oct. 16, they went on a seven-game winning streak to clinch the AFC South.
“They’re such a good football team,” Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “We feel like that game kind of turned our season. We felt like we could have played a whole lot better against them than we did, so we get an opportunity to do that.”
Tags: Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, Matt Schaub, Texans-Bengals Wild Card Game, Texans-Ravens Divsional Round game, Wade Phillips
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