This game marked the first playoff appearance for the Houston Texans in their franchise history and Cincinnati's first playoff appearance since 2009.
The Texans were looking for their first ever playoff victory and the Bengals were looking for their first playoff win since 1990.
This was also the first playoff game since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 with rookie quarterbacks starting for each team.
At the end of the day, the Texans emerged victorious, winning 31-10 and punching their ticket to Baltimore.
With the Cincinnati Bengals up by a touchdown, the Houston Texans put together a six-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in an eight-yard touchdown run by Houston RB Arian Foster.
Foster took the hand-off from rookie QB T.J. Yates and galloped around the left side into the corner of the end zone.
This touchdown run tied the game at seven in the first quarter.
After missing out on taking the lead on their previous drive, the Bengals got right back to work on their next drive.
The biggest play of the drive was a 36-yard completion by Andy Dalton to TE Donald Lee. The completion came after Dalton was forced to flush the pocket when none of his first options were open.
Dalton's ability to keep the play alive with his feet led to a big gain and an eventual field goal by kicker Mike Nugent. That field goal would give the Bengals a three-point lead.
After having just tied the game on a Neil Rackers field goal, Houston quickly struck again. On Cincinnati's second play of their ensuing drive, Houston's rookie DE J.J. Watt read Dalton's quick pass and snatched it out of the air.
Watt then returned that interception 29 yards for a touchdown. It was the second huge play of the game by a Houston rookie defensive player.
The touchdown gave the Texans a seven-point lead which they carried into halftime. Perhaps more importantly, the touchdown also gave Houston a ton of momentum that they were able to start the second half with.
Houston's stud wide receiver Andre Johnson caught his first ever touchdown in a playoff game in the third quarter against Cincinnati.
Johnson broke free of coverage down the left side of the field and rookie QB T.J. Yates hit him in stride for the 40-yard scoring strike.
The touchdown was also Yates' first playoff touchdown pass in his young career.
The score gave Houston a 24-10 lead.
With Cincinnati down by two touchdowns, Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter.
Houston safety Danieal Manning came down with a deep pass down the sideline at the Cincinnati 45-yard line.
The interception pretty much sealed the game for the Texans.
Houston RB Arian Foster sealed the victory for the Texans with his impressive 42-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
Foster broke several tackles on his way to the end zone and gave his team a three-touchdown lead with under five minutes remaining in the game.
This run was just the cherry on top of an impressive performance throughout the whole game for Foster.
Jerome Simpson takes a break from flipping over defenders to just leaping over them on a 16-yard catch in the third quarter.
Simpson gained an extra seven yards on his leap over a Houston defensive player. Simpson's leaping ability is a great attribute for a young wide receiver on the rise in the NFL.
Owen Daniels makes a tough catch in the first quarter and manages to hold on after taking an illegal hit from Reggie Nelson.
The hit resulted in a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty enforced at the Cincinnati 35-yard line.