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Texans beat Bengals, on to Baltimore

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For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Texans have won a playoff game.

But there’s no time to celebrate for the Texans: After Saturday’s 31-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Texans will now play a divisional round game in Baltimore, where they lost to the Ravens 29-14 in the regular season.

Can the Texans avenge that loss and advance to the AFC Championship? They can if they play as well next Sunday as they did today. Houston got a strong game from its defense (including a phenomenal effort by defensive lineman J.J. Watt), and the offense did what we’ve come to expect the Texans’ offense to do: Arian Foster had a big game, Andre Johnson had a big game, and T.J. Yates played well enough not to lose the game.

Playing not to lose was enough for Yates in part because the Bengals at times looked like they were playing to lose, including Marvin Lewis wasting two challenges in the first half, Andy Dalton wasting a timeout on the first drive of the second half, and, as reported by Alex Flanagan on NBC, Adam “Pacman” Jones storming away from defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer when Zimmer tried to talk to him on the sideline. The Bengals didn’t keep their heads in their biggest game of the season.

Worst of all, some of the Bengals looked like they had quit late in the fourth quarter: Cornerback Nate Clements and safety Chris Crocker, in particular, should hang their heads for a complete lack of effort on Foster’s game-sealing 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Clements and Crocker both were in position to tackle Foster or push him out of bounds, and they barely even tried.

The Bengals will spend the offseason wondering what might have been if they had put forth a better effort at playoff time. But the Texans put on one of their best performances of the season in the biggest game in franchise history.

Now the Texans have an even bigger game against the Ravens looming.

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  1. marshmont says: Jan 7, 2012 7:40 PM

    congratulations to the houston texans. job well done.

  2. tatum064 says: Jan 7, 2012 7:41 PM

    What a defensive performance by the Texans. Benson 2 carries 14 yards. And they held AJ Green down as well. Johnathan Joseph got a pick v. his old team, and TJ Yates became the only N.Carolina Tarheel QB to win a playoff game.

  3. pudgalvin says: Jan 7, 2012 7:41 PM

    Real shame Schaub got hurt. I think they’d be hands down favorites to come out of the AFC.

  4. irodex says: Jan 7, 2012 7:42 PM

    Marvin Lewis is terrible.

  5. woodyg says: Jan 7, 2012 7:43 PM

    The Bengals are slowly putting together the talent even with a loss today …… Now all they have to do is find a HC & Staff that has a clue …..

  6. joetoronto says: Jan 7, 2012 7:43 PM

    Dalton played like crap, his deep balls were brutal.

    Palmer would have hit most, if not all of those.

    Jonathan Joseph with a huge day, dude is a damn good corner, the Bungals didn’t want to anti up though.

    What else is new.

  7. henrykissingerisgod says: Jan 7, 2012 7:44 PM

    The Pittsburgh pirates have won a playoff game more recently than the Cincinnati bengals

  8. bearsnbills says: Jan 7, 2012 7:44 PM

    There is no doubt that the Texans put together a solid performance, but the Bengals looked disorganized, unprepared and under coached. Time for Marvin to move on and let someone else develop Dalton and Green.

  9. sjsuraider says: Jan 7, 2012 7:45 PM

    Wade Phillips should be the MVP of this team

  10. trollhammer20 says: Jan 7, 2012 7:45 PM

    SOLID win today. Good job, Houston, your fans should be proud.

  11. preventoffense says: Jan 7, 2012 7:46 PM

    How is the Texan’s defender allowed to bump AJ Green some 8-9 yards down the field on the interception along the sidelines with 7 minutes to play, and how on earth does the bafoon of an NBC announcer replay in stop motion and break it down without noticing?

  12. oledezzers says: Jan 7, 2012 7:46 PM

    that was embarrassing, but the future is bright. Please cut crocker.

  13. palewook says: Jan 7, 2012 7:47 PM

    gz to cincy for becoming the 1st 0-16 team to make the playoffs in the history of the nfl.

  14. bleedpurplenblack says: Jan 7, 2012 7:47 PM

    Ravens move on to the AFC Title game.

  15. ud1hens says: Jan 7, 2012 7:49 PM

    As a Ravens fan I will admit the Texans looked great on both sides of the ball. It should be a fun game next weekend. This is the match-up all Ravens fans hoped for to be honest…avoid Pittsburgh in the Divisional Round and hope they take out New England. Then host the AFC Title Game. Nothing is guaranteed though, as the Texans looked really good.

  16. raidersfreak says: Jan 7, 2012 7:50 PM

    Yates was bragging on Live TV how the way they were running the ball today it will be hard to stop the Texans. I know he was a little over excited but I am sure the Ravens were watching and listening to this game in its full entirety and will take note to that reference. Ray Lewis is probably getting his game warrior face paint ready.

    Well in conclusion Texans the better team? Or a Cincinnati team who has a lot of rookies who got the first playoff jitters?

  17. sixaspadz says: Jan 7, 2012 7:52 PM

    One and done for the Texans, Baltimore’s D blows Cincys away! Foster will be shut down and Yates will be forced to throw it up in Ed Reed territory…bad news.

  18. thelionsrgreat says: Jan 7, 2012 7:52 PM

    Congratulations Texans fans, and most of all Andre Johnson. What a class act he is..enjoy tonight.

  19. xtb3 says: Jan 7, 2012 7:52 PM

    Can you imagine if Tebow had his poorly and stupidly thrown pass intercepted by a defensive end for a pick 6 that ended this game? You know just after Dalton on 3rd down inside the Houston 20 got himself sacked back 10 forcing a 50 yard fg miss?

    Dalto played like a nervous bad rookie BUT wach announcer praised him after this terrible performanc and 2 more interceptions plus inaccurate incompletions. Hell, all of thwem said the defensive end interception weas not his fault! So if a qb gets a pass blocked by the defensive line because the qb threw it within their reach it is a well thrown pass.

    what would these talking heads said if tebow had just played like a totally useless dalton did?

  20. javisrk says: Jan 7, 2012 7:52 PM

    No matter what happens next week, I’d shudder on the prospect on facing the texans next year.

  21. dontrunfromme says: Jan 7, 2012 7:57 PM

    What happened? I thought the bungles got rid of all the elephants in the room?

  22. sportsguybayarea says: Jan 7, 2012 7:57 PM

    congrats to the texans for the win. very bad performance from the bengals. total disappointment. especially on defense. game could have gone the bengals way if they were prepared and had more effort. #24 has to catch the INT, bad tackling, pacman falling down caused them 6 points. better luck next year bengals

  23. jodave5 says: Jan 7, 2012 7:57 PM

    Tom Hammonds is the sorriest excuse for a play-by-play guy since CBS dug up a 10 year past his prime Pat Summerall for the Cotton Bowl a few years ago.

  24. texansfan2011 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    Well Roger has his first fine of the playoffs with the Defenseless Player Rule hit by the Cincy player, I hope he doesn’t fine him but the way Roger rules he will. It’s win or go home time, so some extra roughness should be overlooked as long as it doesn’t get carried away.

    I’m very proud of my Texans, they showed very well that they can play in this league, but will have a tough if not impossible go with the Ravens. It is nice to see Andre back and playing well, and I can not wait until next season with the Playoff experience gained along with having all our starters back healthy. Also I feel that Yates will be the new backup Q/B for us next year.

    I also have to praise the Bengals, they did one hell of a job having to start a rookie Q/B after Palmer’s A/Hole actions. Dalton and Yates are the future of Q/B’s at this time, but a new crop of Q/B’s are coming out in this years draft.

    Both team’s will be moving forward next year and will be a force to look out for. At the present time the only two dominant teams in the AFC are the Steelers and Ravens, the Pat’s are great but can be beat at any given time.

  25. ryanlandry1285 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    Funny because this is the same formula of Great running game/great defense that got Flacco success as a rookie.

  26. clamnewton says: Jan 7, 2012 8:01 PM

    I was a “one-and-doner” with the Texans- I was clearly wrong. That team – especially the D – looked very solid. Ravens will have their hands full for sure. Nice game, Texans. Win one for my old buddy, Delhomme!

  27. mrlynch33 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:01 PM

    Three Things:

    1) Great Job by the Texans.

    2) Marvin Lewis’ second challenge was the worst challenge I have ever seen.

    3) Mike Mayock is the worst commentator in history…the dude is so full of himself. I hate how he uses terms that the casual football fan would have no idea what they are i.e. “Dalton should’ve looked right…he had AJ Green on a flanker drive” I know what he means from being football fanatic but most wouldn’t. Also, stop talking about the draft, we are in the playoffs.

  28. theravens1 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:02 PM

    Congratulations Houston!
    Great Game!
    We are glad to welcome you to Baltimore next week!

  29. toonsterwu says: Jan 7, 2012 8:04 PM

    Nice win for the Texans, but the Ravens D is another level and I just don’t see them letting the run beat them, which means that Yates will have to step up. Just not sure I see it in the cards this year.

    For the Ravens, this is a nice gift. They don’t have to potentially face the Steelers in the 2nd round.

  30. beastson says: Jan 7, 2012 8:07 PM

    Dalton looked like Gabbert in a red wig.

  31. rockybev35 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:08 PM

    Bleedpurpleandblack:
    I think the Ravens will have all they can handle. It’s the playoffs and the one thing realized today, the Texans, injured and all, are coming to play. Don’t think Ray Ray is the Ray Ray of old, that would be called Cushing. Good luck- and Go Texans

  32. jr4real says: Jan 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    Lewis lost this game. Shame. Bengals outplayes tx in first half.

  33. packerstexansfan says: Jan 7, 2012 8:12 PM

    sixaspadz says:
    Jan 7, 2012 7:52 PM

    One and done for the Texans, Baltimore’s D blows Cincys away! Foster will be shut down and Yates will be forced to throw it up in Ed Reed territory…bad news.

    Do you even know what one and done is?

  34. packerstexansfan says: Jan 7, 2012 8:13 PM

    sixaspadz says:
    Jan 7, 2012 7:52 PM

    One and done for the Texans, Baltimore’s D blows Cincys away! Foster will be shut down and Yates will be forced to throw it up in Ed Reed territory…bad news.

    Do you even know what one and done is? Don’t worry, Baltimore will show you next week.

  35. coolgato13 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:14 PM

    J.J Watt`s pick six one of the best defensive plays of the year ! Superb athlete and effort !

  36. ravensfan4life52 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:21 PM

    Welcome to M&T Bank. We can’t help you with your checking account, but we can help you find a flight back to Houston.

  37. steelersownyou says: Jan 7, 2012 8:21 PM

    Steelers vs Ravens Afc championship at empty bank! Be there… I know I will be!

  38. orthodoxdj says: Jan 7, 2012 8:25 PM

    Two people really made all this possible for Houston: Wade Phillips and Peyton Manning.

  39. philrat says: Jan 7, 2012 8:26 PM

    In a battle of rookie quarterbacks Andy Dalton of the Bungles is goes 0-2 against Yates!!

    Don’t discount the Texans against Baltimore. They need to win the turnover battle. Lewis doesn’t seem to be 100% healthy yet so Foster/Tate may be able to take advantage in the running game. Yates gets better with each start. Andre Johnson didn’t play in the first game and he makes a big difference in how much the opposing defense can focus on the Texans’ running game. If the Texans can slow down Ray Rice some they can win!

  40. jeepin08 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:31 PM

    Congrats to the Texans. They played a good game. They will have to bring their A game to Baltimore. The Ravens are 8-0 at home this year with one of the most feircest 12th man in the league. Hope it doesn’t come down to a shootout because that would be Houstons only chance.

  41. db105 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:38 PM

    Nice of the NFL to preschedule the divisional round games in advance. The Steeler/Bronco winner will have to travel to New England on a short week while the Pats are coming off a bye. Didn’t the NFL discontinue Monday night football on the last week of the season so teams playing on MNF on the final week wouldn’t have a competitive disadvantage going into the playoffs?

  42. alonestartexan says: Jan 7, 2012 8:50 PM

    Baltimore will go down. Foster will run wild.

  43. ravenator says: Jan 7, 2012 8:57 PM

    Steeler fans are turds. Like I said before, the Steelers would be lucky to even get a third crack at the Ravens.

  44. Bubby Brister says: Jan 7, 2012 8:59 PM

    While all the talk this week will be about how Yates will struggle with Baltimore’s D, don’t be so quick to assume Flacco is going to have a cakewalk with the Texans. That defense has been good all season and looked great today (Wade Phillips is a miracle worker).

    The running backs between the two are the best to in the AFC, so it’s (just about, you could argue either way) a wash there.

    All adds up to a killer game next Saturday.

  45. liner1900 says: Jan 7, 2012 9:01 PM

    Not sure what more shocking, how well thr Texans played or the amout of makeup Tom Hammond had on. I’m all for equal opportunity, but drag queen football broadcasters are pushing the envelope.

  46. texansfan2011 says: Jan 7, 2012 9:01 PM

    db105 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 8:38 PM
    Nice of the NFL to preschedule the divisional round games in advance. The Steeler/Bronco winner will have to travel to New England on a short week while the Pats are coming off a bye. Didn’t the NFL discontinue Monday night football on the last week of the season so teams playing on MNF on the final week wouldn’t have a competitive disadvantage going into the playoffs?

    ………………………………………………………………………..

    Hey my name is Roger, and I set the rules and games here. When you start paying my salary then we can talk. Cash in my pockets is all that matter’s to me. I could give a Ratz Ass about being fair…………..

  47. miamidolphins1 says: Jan 7, 2012 9:03 PM

    pudgalvin says: Jan 7, 2012 7:41 PM

    Real shame Schaub got hurt. I think they’d be hands down favorites to come out of the AFC.

    i agree. i almost feel bad for them. they looked so legit this year, great run game, great defense, then they lose their best defensive player in williams, and then they lose their qb in schaub and have to go to leinart/yates.

    if the pats lose next week saturday night, i will be pulling for houston hard to win, but if the pats win, i will be rooting for baltimore only because i feel they have a much better shot of beating the pats in foxboro, and i really want the pats to go down.

    anyways, great story for houston and well deserved.

  48. roamingabriel says: Jan 7, 2012 9:04 PM

    db105 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 8:38 PM
    Nice of the NFL to preschedule the divisional round games in advance. The Steeler/Bronco winner will have to travel to New England on a short week while the Pats are coming off a bye. Didn’t the NFL discontinue Monday night football on the last week of the season so teams playing on MNF on the final week wouldn’t have a competitive disadvantage going into the playoffs?
    ____________________________________

    That’s going to make it even more of a miracle when Tebow/Quinn beat NE…

  49. jr4real says: Jan 7, 2012 9:08 PM

    Ravens will demolish this team.

  50. djaehne says: Jan 7, 2012 9:17 PM

    dontrunfromme says:Jan 7, 2012 7:57 PM

    What happened? I thought the bungles got rid of all the elephants in the room?

    Yep, cincy paid the way for the Texans to go
    pluck raven feathers.

    AFC Championship game in Houston, hosting
    the Steelers.

  51. thatsdoinit says: Jan 7, 2012 9:24 PM

    @rockybev35

    The Ray Ray of old would more likely be called Patrick Willis. No disrespect to Cushing, but Willis is a beast.

  52. lookatthefarside says: Jan 7, 2012 9:28 PM

    Looks like Scut Farkus will be able to get back to throwing snowballs at little kids sooner than later.

  53. drbandkgb says: Jan 7, 2012 9:34 PM

    As a life long bengals fan.. I’m happy we made the play offs…
    But it’s time for Lewis to go… This team looked unprepared today..
    We have a great core of players.. I think we are a running back away from doing damage in the league. I want a DC as the head coach.. He is mean..

    Go win for the texans.. Now please kill the black birds

  54. jessethegreat says: Jan 7, 2012 9:35 PM

    Congradulations to the Texans, but don’t take anything away from this Bengals this year. They played well above their heads with less talent than many non-playoff teams. They overcame every preseason projection out there.

  55. newtons2ndlaw says: Jan 7, 2012 9:48 PM

    I’d take Dalton over Newton any day of the week. After all “wins” are what matter not stats. Newton throws way too much interceptions, and makes bone headed fumbles……..LMAO.

    Hilarious and ironic, Dalton has more Ints more fumbles and has never beat a team EVER with an above .500 record.

    Ya that’s definitely better than smashing records!

  56. cmack21 says: Jan 7, 2012 9:48 PM

    Pacman was shootin his mouth off about Andre Johnson before the game and got BARBECUED all day today.

  57. KIR says: Jan 7, 2012 9:52 PM

    beastson says: Jan 7, 2012 8:07 PM

    Dalton looked like Gabbert in a red wig.
    ______________________

    That was too funny! Bravo

  58. Deb says: Jan 7, 2012 9:54 PM

    Congratulations to the Texans! This is a remarkable achievement for a team that lost both its starting QB and its backup. My hat’s off to them for hanging in, winning their division, and getting their first playoff win.

    Not sure what caused the Bengals’ meltdown because the game seemed evenly matched prior to the half. But congrats to Andy Dalton on a great rookie season for the Bengals. For a team projected to be the worst in the league, they had a great outcome.

  59. billybatty says: Jan 7, 2012 9:58 PM

    Watt had a great game but so did Cushing. Wonder what masking agent he’s using these days.

  60. dolphins4 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:00 PM

    I hope the Texans beat the Ravens next week.

  61. rockhill32 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:04 PM

    Texans 1 and done just like some said! NOT. On to BAL haters. Hahahaha

  62. texansfan2011 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:05 PM

    I never disrespected the Bengals, I gave the very HIGH praise for what they had to edure like we have had to…………..

  63. ppdoc13 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:11 PM

    Congrats to the Texans for beating the Bengals. Congrats to the Bengals for a nice season with a rookie QB. But in the end the Bengals were the Bungles. Marvin wasted both of his challenges and Dalton really look confused after the 1st qtr was over.
    Why they didn’t try to run Benson more was beyond me.

    For the Texans, welcome to Bmore. The old Memorial Stadium used to be known as the largest outdoor insane asylum in the world. M&T bank isn’t much different. We have a very loud 12th man who is going to make Yates life miserable.

    This will be the last time I say it , but congrats to Houston on a great season despite losing your QB and your #1 player in Andre Johnson for an extended period of time. But if you think that you are going to come in to Baltimore where we were 8 – 0 this year and have one of the best home records in the NFL. Over the past decade, the Ravens have the third-best home record in the NFL (61-22), trailing just the New England Patriots (65-19) and Indianapolis Colts (63-20) as of mid November. Since then we have won 3 more home games overtaking the Dolts.

    Hopefully, it will be a clean and well played game. I expect the Ravens to win. I won’t predict a score, because the Ravens have played it close all year long. But they will win.

    Now I have to do something which is nauseating. I need to cheer for the Squealers to be the Broncos. Then the Steelers can go to NE, beat the crap out of the Pats and come into Bmore tired, sore and worn out. And then we shall beat the Steelers for the 3rd time this season and expiate all of the ghosts of seasons past.

    See ya in a week Texans fans. We look forward to giving you a real warm Bmore welcome.

  64. steelersownyou says: Jan 7, 2012 10:22 PM

    Ravens can be crushed anytime. Wouldn’t surprise me if texans beat them soundly. Texans have a very good defense. And Ravens have a terrible offense. With yates being a rookie & flacco sucking. Promises to be low scoring!

  65. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 7, 2012 10:22 PM

    i can’t believe some of the idiots that were claiming andy dalton should be considered ROY over cam.

    after watching that game, dalton is just a guy who exceeded 2nd round expectations. he reminds me of colt mccoy. he’s not on the same planet as cam. not even in the same universe. those were some bad interceptions. i guess most games get blacked out in cincy so a lot of yall haven’t actually watched cam play.

    ask the houston texans about cam how he ran them outta their own stadium a few weeks ago and shredded their vaunted defense. you gotta be kidding…that comparison is too dumb to even be comical.

  66. texansfan2011 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:23 PM

    I just love how people can give you a thumbs down, but don’t have a statement to back up why they gave it. I gave Cincy props for playing a great game, and stating what I feel is going to happen next week. But it seems that some are scared to either voice their opinions or give credit…………..

  67. jskill3 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:24 PM

    Hey you haters that post….. It ain’t one and done anymore. It’s at least 2 and done. If you can’t count to two then we’re glad you aren’ t a Texan fan. And two and done is not a given. Let’s play and see if you can beat a 3rd string rookie QB. If so, then be as proud as you want. We’ll see you next year with our first string.

  68. freddavisbong says: Jan 7, 2012 10:41 PM

    From Dundalk to Bel Air the call of the Raven will subdue the mighty Texicans: “Old Bay, Old Bay!”

  69. texansfan2011 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:46 PM

    someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says:
    Jan 7, 2012 10:22 PM
    i can’t believe some of the idiots that were claiming andy dalton should be considered ROY over cam.

    after watching that game, dalton is just a guy who exceeded 2nd round expectations. he reminds me of colt mccoy. he’s not on the same planet as cam. not even in the same universe. those were some bad interceptions. i guess most games get blacked out in cincy so a lot of yall haven’t actually watched cam play.

    ask the houston texans about cam how he ran them outta their own stadium a few weeks ago and shredded their vaunted defense. you gotta be kidding…that comparison is too dumb to even be comical.

    _________________________________

    Not stating Cam is not a future player/leader in the league, but you have to remember that Fig Newton got to play against a backup D/C…………

  70. iknowurider72 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:52 PM

    Time to fire Marvin Lewis. We were complete out coached in 2nd half.

  71. raiders757 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    woodyg says: Jan 7, 2012 7:43 PM

    The Bengals are slowly putting together the talent even with a loss today …… Now all they have to do is find a HC & Staff that has a clue …..

    ———————————-

    It wouldn’t matter anyway, they’re the Bengals. Even with the picks my Raiders gave them, they’re still going to be the Bengals. I’m willing to bet they don’t even make the playoffs next year.

    Sorry to kick ya’ while your down, but that’s what you guys get for coming out of the closet and talking crap after the Palmer trade. Now the four of you can go home.

  72. 8man says: Jan 7, 2012 11:22 PM

    someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says:
    Jan 7, 2012 10:22 PM
    i can’t believe some of the idiots that were claiming andy dalton should be considered ROY over cam.
    ————————————————
    Probably because he led his dysfunctional team to the playoffs in his first year. You know, there is something to be said for leadership.

    As good as Cam played, he was still at home watching today’s games.

  73. chadinkc30 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:25 PM

    Where are all the Bengals fans saying how great it is to get rid of Palmer??? Theres a reason why he would of retired before ever playing for the bungals again!

  74. bengaltini says: Jan 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    Thanks to all the fans on here that gave us the credit for what we (Bengals) accomplished this year. Deep down we knew it would be an uphill battle but we did so much better this year based on what everyone was predicting at the beginning of the season. Hopefully we can build on what we accomplished and have a kick ass 2012!

  75. eastcoastv says: Jan 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    jskill3 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 10:24 PM
    Hey you haters that post….. It ain’t one and done anymore. It’s at least 2 and done. If you can’t count to two then we’re glad you aren’ t a Texan fan. And two and done is not a given. Let’s play and see if you can beat a 3rd string rookie QB. If so, then be as proud as you want. We’ll see you next year with our first string.

    We already saw your first string – how did that work out for you? I can’t wait for TJ to meet T Sizzle.

  76. txndave says: Jan 8, 2012 12:13 AM

    All Houstonians are proud of the Texans … know matter what happens in Baltimore we will ALWAYS be die hard fans ….

  77. reed20fence says: Jan 8, 2012 12:28 AM

    I was at this wildcard game and as a Ravens fan I can say that it’s DAMN good the next game is at the Bank. The Texans’ 12th man deafened the Bungles on every possession and takes sole credit for the awful wastage of timeouts and delay of game penalties.

    This place was cracking with the energy of the first playoff game in franchise history. Now let’s show Houston what the 12th man of a REAL die-hard football franchise is capable of.

    Bring it O-Nation! Game on!

  78. 4thquartermagic says: Jan 8, 2012 12:28 AM

    Soooo Andy Dalton was hyped up as a rookie phenom all year yet in his most important game, he literally throws it away with 3 INTs. Yet no articles about him choking.

    Does he get a pass cuz he’s a rook???

    Funny, if if was Tebow (save ur bias, he’s started less games then Dalton) profballtalk would have multiple posts calling him a bust.

    Media bias is sickening

  79. chopper150 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:56 AM

    jskill3 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 10:24 PM
    Hey you haters that post….. It ain’t one and done anymore. It’s at least 2 and done. If you can’t count to two then we’re glad you aren’ t a Texan fan. And two and done is not a given. Let’s play and see if you can beat a 3rd string rookie QB. If so, then be as proud as you want. We’ll see you next year with our first string.

    We already saw your first string – how did that work out for you? I can’t wait for TJ to meet T Sizzle.

    ———-

    I’m sure TJ is terrified of “T-Sizzle” who has been a champion everywhere except Pros, College, High School and Pee-wee. I think T-Sizzle will get even fatter lips after next weeks game.

  80. kiltherl says: Jan 8, 2012 1:02 AM

    To houston great work…foster kicked ass…to cincy young qb, yall gon get better

  81. htownking says: Jan 8, 2012 1:14 AM

    Way to go Texans. The Texans have a legit shot at winning next week. Flacco sucks!!! All they need to do is contain Ray Rice. They didnt have Andre in the first game so, this time he will allow the run game to open up. I believe it wilb low scoringbecause of the two defenses. But Houston will when. Bet on it.

  82. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 8, 2012 1:36 AM

    Not stating Cam is not a future player/leader in the league, but you have to remember that Fig Newton got to play against a backup D/C…………

    that game was over before halftime and you’re playing the dc card? you must have passed out and the scoreboard got blurry. he kicked your ass. it wasn’t that long ago, i’m not a fortune teller, just 3 weeks isn’t a long time

  83. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 8, 2012 1:48 AM

    i can’t believe some of the idiots that were claiming andy dalton should be considered ROY over cam.
    ————————————————
    Probably because he led his dysfunctional team to the playoffs in his first year. You know, there is something to be said for leadership.

    As good as Cam played, he was still at home watching today’s games.

    …….

    if you’ve never watched a down of football or never seen cam play, just admit you haven’t seen him play. don’t preach about leadership regarding a guy who “led” a team to the playoffs when they got in by default and got blown out.

    you should watch the highlight reel of cam vs houston. it’s quick and easy and there aren’t subtitles, for those of you who cannot process information at a pedestrian rate

  84. firstand4ever says: Jan 8, 2012 2:15 AM

    Jay Gruden should be elevated to the head coaching spot and Lewis should be shown the door.

  85. elmoron says: Jan 8, 2012 2:31 AM

    Guess Roethlisberger is still the man in that division, despite the transparent smears of all those losers downriver. As always, it all flows downhill.

  86. elmoron says: Jan 8, 2012 2:39 AM

    Deb says: Jan 7, 2012 9:54 PM
    “…Not sure what caused the Bengals’ meltdown because the game seemed evenly matched prior to the half….”
    =====================================
    Well, they ARE from Ohio.

  87. hateithere says: Jan 8, 2012 2:47 AM

    As a long time 49ers fan I have to say, in Nate Clements defense… That’s just his playing style.

  88. reedhof20 says: Jan 8, 2012 2:49 AM

    Yates is in over his head this week. He reaped the benefits of playoff home field today and will discover the cold reality of the other side this week. He will have to win it because Foster and Tate will not. We are better than the Bengals and we are healthy and rested. 29-14 was not an accident and we did it last year in your house-albeit with a different formula. We know you stop the run and rush the passer and cover well. We are also OK with winning UGLY…

    Steeler fans – if our offense is so bad and Flacco is so bad why did we hang 58 in two games on you? Why did Ray Rice bust 100 on you? Why did Flacco easily walk down the field in under two minutes and beat you in your home?
    I know this will sound delusional, but when it happens, you heard it here…Denver will be playing in Gillette next week. No, I haven’t been drinking. The Steelers have three things against them…1) they are old, 2) they are hurt…3) they are OVERRATED in 2012
    You heard it here

  89. manasquanpolice says: Jan 8, 2012 2:56 AM

    Hey Munoz!
    How’d that feel?
    Where’re you hiding now, big mouth? Shootin’ that meth again across the river in KY? I get it, but ain’t that where you live?

  90. djaehne says: Jan 8, 2012 5:09 AM

    Baltimore is a real nice town. Problem is no one there roots for anyone but the Redskins. So where do the fans that show up in Baltimore, live? Fate is coming to slap you right in the face
    Ray Ray. Don’t mess with Texas!

  91. txpeta says: Jan 8, 2012 5:12 AM

    I think the game will be closer than people expect. In the first game the Ravens were up 19 – 14 with 4 mins left in the game. Don’t be surprised if this game comes down to a last minute field goal. Bottom line the game still has to be played anything can happen.

    Go Texans!

  92. whatswiththehate says: Jan 8, 2012 5:12 AM

    Cam, Dalton, Ponder, Jake Locker, and even T. J. Yates were told they were part of the worst QB class by the so called experts.

    Cam took a 32nd place offense to ten position in almost every catagory. Dalton was thrown into an ackward situation when a Carson threatened not to return. He, with the help of a top ten defense and a rookie receiver, played well enough to get his team into the pla y-off. Ponder was thrown into the fire with the Vikings. And although he struggled some, showed that he isn’t afraid to play the game. Jake, when given a chance, showed why the Titans picked him at 8 on draft day. And what can you say about T. J. Yates, a fifth round QB, and third string QB who has stepped in and has taken his team to the second round of the play-offs. Yep, sound like the worst QB draft class to me.

    The only rookie QB who hasn’t lived up to the media hype was the one the so called experts like Mike “I think I know everything even I’m blantantly contridicting myself” Mayock, claimed was the most “ready to step in and play in the NFL out of the bunch,” Blaine Gabbert.

    I’ve got two words for many of you who worship those so called experts…Andrew Luck. IMO, the only thing that save QBs like Andrew Luck and Blaine Gabbert, and Sam Bradford from early retirement or instant ridicule as soon as they screw up is, the fact that they have won the title of the “next great QB” by default. Unlike the other QBs, these QBs will always have the full support of the same media who hyped them despite the obvious.

    Too bad the other QBs like Dalton, Cam, Jake, Ponder, and T.J. Yates have to prove that they belong in the NFL and can play on an elite level.

    But I’m glad to see they haven’t disappointed much. Congrats go out to them for a fun season.

  93. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 8, 2012 6:57 AM

    This Steelers fan knew it all along. The Bungles had no business even being there:) Ha!

  94. edmazeing1 says: Jan 8, 2012 7:13 AM

    karma’s a bitch……….. love raider fans!!!

  95. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 8, 2012 7:19 AM

    jskill3,

    As a Titans fan, even I was amused by all the “one and done” nonsense those mental lightweights went public with. I firmly suspect that after next Sunday’s game, your Texans will have won more playoff games than Dallas Cowboys have the past 15 years.

  96. youreallmorons says: Jan 8, 2012 7:35 AM

    Couple thoughts…the Bengals are once again the Bungles. I cant believe I bet on them…I was in fact the moron here. It came down to simple execution. If Crocker makes that INT its a whole new game but instead because they are the Bungles he drops an easy pick and then the Texans capitalize a few plays later with a TD.

    Nice to know that we no longer have to hear the Bengals fans crap. First it was Mike Brown and now the coaching staff? Excuse after excuse with these bandwagon fans.

    As a diehard Ravens fan I hope the rest of Raven nation recognizes what a tough game this will be for the Ravens. Foster is the style RB that has given our run D problems over the last decade. We have no problem stopping the big, north and south backs, but the slashers and cut back RB’s usually give us trouble. Foster will be a touch matchup for the Ravens D with a hobbled Ray Ray. If Yates does not turn the ball over this game could come down to the wire.

    @steelersownyou…keep sweating the Ravens while you live in your van down by the river. I was hoping the Steelers would beat the Broncos so the Ravens might have a shot at the AFC Championship game at home but after constantly reading your MORONIC posts I could not think of a better gift for ProFootballTalk nation then a Steelers loss to Tebow.

  97. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 8, 2012 7:48 AM

    Gotta give the Texans all the probs in the world, but Ravens already beat them with Schaub still playing 29-14, not to mention Rice went over 100 yds in that one and Flacco actually lit the Texans up for over 300 yds in the first meeting. M&T is a tough place to play. Good luck Texans, but I don’t see it happening the 2nd time around either…

  98. goforgin01 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:07 AM

    Gotta admit…we loved Marvin in Balt., and he got us a Super Bowl…but as a HC, he’s a helluva def. coordinator.

    Big, big miss on not challenging that spot in the middle of the field that got the Texans a big 1st down…apart from the rest of the mistakes already on here.

    The week off for Foster was huge. He’s the key to the game next week.

  99. lemmam says: Jan 8, 2012 9:24 AM

    all you posters that have the Texans “one and done” – how can that be? They will be playing their 2nd post-season game next Sunday. One and done would have been a loss for the Texans yesterday.
    Also, BOTH challenges by Marvin Lewis were bad, the first challenge on the forward prgress was as bad as the 2nd challenge

  100. phillysports25 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:27 AM

    Texans are gonna be really good next year with Schaub, AJ, Mario Williams for the whole season. They could really challenge Indy with Manning back. Look out.

  101. chadinkc30 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:43 AM

    The 1st round qb picks were TERRIBLE this year! Other than Newton! Can someone please come out and say how overrated these 1st rd picks are! Does anyone actually believe Christian Ponder will be worth that pick or even a good qb?? No wonder why the Raiders traded away a 1st and 2nd rd pick for Palmer. I don’t blame them!

  102. rocketcrab says: Jan 8, 2012 10:15 AM

    Nice win for the Texans, but they got a considerable amount of help from the Bengals. I liked Marvin Lewis when he was our D coordinator for the Ravens, but he just looked lost today. Clock management was terrible, and some of those challenges, yikes! And for all of the hoopla over how Dalton doesn’t get rattled, how do you explain all of those passes knocked down by the Texans D line?

  103. bonniebengal says: Jan 8, 2012 11:31 AM

    I think the Texans will beat the Ravens. Joe Flacco has always, always had trouble with Johnathan Joseph. If the Texans can stop Rice, they will win.

  104. raiderapologist says: Jan 8, 2012 12:50 PM

    raiders757 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    Sorry to kick ya’ while your down, but that’s what you guys get for coming out of the closet and talking crap after the Palmer trade. Now the four of you can go home.

    Even with Palmer gone, the pick 6 lives in Cincy. Opie Dalton showed the vast majority of fans that don’t watch Bungle games why that team struggled against opponents with winning records. Maybe they can use that first round pick they got from Oakland to snag an established QB that doesn’t melt under pressure. T.J. Yates might be available! Seriously, to the few Bengal fans that stayed in their shoes, congrats on the surprising season.

  105. jimmer2372 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:06 PM

    Bengal fans only solace : rooting against the Steelers. How pathetic.

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