Texans Thump Bengals 31-10 for First Franchise Playoff Win
Ten years is long time to wait for anything. Ten minutes is too long for most people in this era of instant gratification.
After nearly ten years of futility, inconsistency, and close calls, the Houston Texans finally won a playoff game. It also happened to be the franchise’s first playoff game.
The 31-10 score doesn’t reflect how competitive this game was for nearly three quarters. Tied at 10 late in the second, Texans rookie defensive lineman J.J. Watt changed the momentum when he pulled an Andy Dalton pass out of the air and took it 29 yards to paydirt.
Andre Johnson’s sweet double move on Pac Man Jones late in the third quarter led to T.J. Yates’ only touchdown pass of the game. After another Dalton interception, Arian Foster sealed the deal with a punishing 42 yard touchdown run. A run in which he seemingly left ever Bengals defender in his wake.
Yates wasn’t spectacular, but he didn’t need to be. Like they had all season, the defense and running game stepped it up when it mattered.
It feels like Andre Johnson has played his entire nine year career in pain, but he was a gamer today. He caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. The win had to be especially sweet for Johnson, who has been with the Texans since their second season of existence.
It was also fitting that Bum Phillips, who led the Oilers to their first NFL playoff win, was on hand to watch the Texans pick up their first postseason triumph.
It won’t get any easier for Houston. They travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Baltimore dropped Houston 29-14 back in October. The staunch Raven run defense limited the Texans to less than 100 yards on the ground. T.J. Yates will have to be spectacular for the Texans to have any chance of advancing into the conference championship game.
Texans fans should celebrate tonight. After all, ten years is a long time to wait for anything.