Arian Foster scored one touchdown and ran 140 yards to lead the third-seeded Houston Texans to a 19-13 victory over the No. 6-seeded Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the American Football Conference playoffs.
Houston (13-4) advances to play second-seeded New England Patriots on Jan. 13 in the National Football League’s AFC Divisional Round at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
In the National Football Conference first-round, sixth- seeded Minnesota Vikings play the No. 3 seeded Green Bay Packers tonight.
Foster, who became the first NFL player to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games, dashed one yard in the third quarter to elevate the Texans to 16-7 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
“We like to run the ball, we played good defense,” Foster said in a televised interview.
The Texans tallied 158 rushing yards to 80 yards for the Bengals. Houston accumulated 419 total yards compared with 207 yards for Cincinnati.
Shayne Graham kicked field goals of 48, 27 and 22 yards in the first half to give the Texans a 9-7 advantage, and added a 24-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub completed 29 of 38 passing attempts for 261 yards and one interception.
“It’s a great feeling to come away with a win,” he said.
Leon Hall returned a 21-yard interception of Schaub for a touchdown in the second quarter, while Josh Brown kicked two field goals of 34 and 47 yards in the second half for the Bengals (10-7).
Andy Dalton passed for 147 yards and one interception.
The fourth-seeded Baltimore Ravens meet the No. 5 seed Indianapolis Colts tomorrow in the second AFC first-round game. In the NFC, it’s fifth-seeded Seattle against No. 4 seed Washington.
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