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Five things to know about next Sunday’s Houston Texans-New England Patriots AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium: It was ugly last time: On Dec. 10, on "Monday Night Football," the Patriots smoked the Texans 42-14. New England was up 28-0 inUpvote Share Tweet
Saturday’s start of the postseason went according to form, as the division champion No. 3 seeds in each conference advanced by winning at home, eliminating the wild card No. 6 seeds. But the similarities between the two games end there. In Houston, theUpvote Share TweetNo player on the field was under more pressure to win Saturday’s wild-card game than Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. Schaub and coach Gary Kubiak were the primary targets for criticism after the Texans failed to secure home-field advantage throughout thUpvote Share Tweet
Survive And Advance: Did the Texans right the ship after their 19-13 w…CNNSI.com Jan 5, 2013Did the Texans right the ship after their 19-13 wild-card win over the Bengals? Austin Murphy says we'll know the answer next Sunday, when Houston re-visits New England.Upvote Share Tweet
Injured Cushing supports teammates from sidelineOnce bodies began flying, cleats tore up grass and the Texans went to work, Brian Cushing was fine. But while the national anthem rang out Saturday inside Reliant Stadium and a crowd that swelled to a franchise-record 71,738 settled in to watch Houston …Upvote Share TweetIf running back Arian Foster was the person who passed out gameballs, and not coach Gary Kubiak, he would give one to Kubiak. Foster said Kubiak delivered a speech on Friday night that carried the Texans’ through their wild-card victory over Bengals. ”Upvote Share TweetJames Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104 on Saturday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Johnathan Joseph makes sure he has things coveredIf any Bengal was going to beat the Texans on Saturday, A.J. Green figured to be the man. Quarterback Andy Dalton’s security blanket, Green had cradled more touchdown catches this season (11) among his 97 receptions than all except two receivers in theUpvote Share Tweet
Owen Daniels, other tight ends grind it outThe Texans played grind-it-out, wear-‘em-down, beat-‘em-up football Saturday afternoon. In short, it was a tight end’s kind of day. Owen Daniels had a team-high nine catches for 91 yards, his best statistical performance of the season, and compatrioUpvote Share Tweet
Redemption, for at least a day, in HoustonHOUSTON -- Don’t fast-forward too quickly. Wade Phillips won’t. The Houston Texans' defensive coordinator asked for a day before he starts to figure out how to improve on the Texans’ terrible showing in New England five weeks ago. That’s not unreaUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 5, 2013In Cincinnati's 19-13 wild-card loss to the Houston Texans, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's day was defined by one underthrow and one overthrow, and a whole lot of bad throws in-between. With 11:10 left in the first half and the ball on his own 38-yar…Upvote Share TweetQB: C+ Matt Schaub was 29-of-38 for 262 yards and no touchdowns. He threw one interception that was returned for a touchdown. He wasn’t sacked. He moved the offense down the field, but they settled for field goals rather than touchdowns. RB: A Arian FosUpvote Share Tweet
Offensive line manhandles BengalsRealizing they had not been very dominant in the last month as the Texans failed to seal the top seed in the AFC playoffs, the offensive linemen spent the week challenging each other to step up in the wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals. They …Upvote Share Tweet
Who Wants To Sex J.J. Watt? Bengals-Texans, In Three Gifsdeadspin.com Jan 5, 2013So, 23 years now, and a guaranteed extra 365 days (at least) on that 8,400 day playoff winless streak for the Bengals. Yikes! They sure do suck. Matt Schaub played just OK but still completed 29/38 passes, Arian Foster ran for 140 yards, and J.J. Watt c…Upvote Share Tweet
Graham’s fourth field goal gives Texans 19-10 advantageThe Texans are one quarter away from moving on to an AFC divisional playoff game. Houston leads Cincinnati 19-10 early during the fourth quarter on Saturday during a wild-card matchup at Reliant Stadium. The Texans’ latest score came via a 24-yard ShaynUpvote Share Tweet
Bengals’ Green hauls in 45-yard bomb; Texans up 16-10Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green finally got involved. After going without a catch during the first half, Green hauled in a 45-yard bomb courtesy of a perfect throw by Andy Dalton, setting up a 34-yard Josh Brown field goal with 7:48 lef…Upvote Share Tweet
Photos: Rain can’t keep Texans fans away from ReliantPhotos: Rain can’t keep Texans fans away from ReliantUpvote Share Tweet
First-half analysis: No touchdowns spell troubleThe Texans have dominated the first half but lead only 9-7 because the offense has stalled in the red zone - big surprise - and been forced to settle for three Shayne Graham field goals. The Bengals’ touchdown came on a terrible pass by Matt SchaubUpvote Share TweetThe Houston Texans had dominated the Cincinnati Bengals through the first quarter-and-a-half of their wild-card matchup, at least in yardage. Starting their second drive of the second quarter, the home team at Houston Reliant Stadium had well over 100 t…Upvote Share Tweet
Watch today’s wild card games on NBCSports.comprofootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013If you can’t get in front of a TV today or you want even more than the TV has to offer, you’re in luck: Both of today’s wild card playoff games will stream live as part of Wild Card Extra right here at NBCSports.com. Wild Card Extra features the livUpvote Share TweetCincinnati strong safety Chris Crocker is inactive for the Bengals' AFC wild-card playoff game against Houston.Upvote Share TweetFormer Astros slugger Lance Berkman has agreed to a one-year, $11-million deal with the Texas Rangers, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday.Upvote Share Tweet
The Bengals Really Could Break Their 8,400-Day Playoff Winless Streak Todaydeadspin.com Jan 5, 2013For a summer in college I interned for the sports department of the Columbus Dispatch, which sent me for a few days to cover Cincinnati Bengals training camp. The 1990s had just come to a close-a dismal era even by the Bengals' standards-and the beatUpvote Share Tweet
It's all doom and gloom in HoustonHOUSTON -- I don’t believe I’ve ever covered a playoff game where the bulk of the crowd had such poor expectations. A home playoff game is usually filled with optimism. But after the Texans blew three chances in the past four weeks in games that couldUpvote Share TweetJoin our ESPN.com NFL experts for the wild-card match up between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Bengals-TexansUpvote Share Tweet
Harden Leads Rockets To Fourth Straight WinJan 5James Harden scores 29 points as Rockets top Cavs for their 11th win in past 14 games.
Texans postgame press conferenceJan 5Texans react following game with Bengals
Countdown Daily Recap: Bengals-TexansJan 5Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Texans' 19-13 win over the Bengals
Texans Trump Bengals On Wild-Card WeekendJan 5Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown to propel the Texans past the Bengals.