NFL Playoff Predictions: Texans Will Ride Momentum of Win to Upset Ravens

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 7, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores a 42-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Rejoice, Texans fans. Houston has finally won a playoff game.

It's been a roller coaster ride in Houston this season.

The team was, at one point, dubbed the team to beat in the AFC. After multiple injuries with the season winding down, the Texans found themselves playing in a Wild Card game and were expected to be quickly eliminated from the postseason.

Even without quarterback Matt Schaub, the Texans found a way to not only overcome, but dominate the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-10 to advance to the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Now they face a real challenge.

The Baltimore Ravens are currently considered by many to be the favorite in the AFC to make it to the Super Bowl.

Houston isn't going to back down. In fact, the Texans will stroll into Baltimore next week with some newfound confidence.

The Texans defense has been outstanding all season. They lived up to that hype against the Bengals.

The team allowed just 10 points on the day and managed to score seven of its own. The running game for the Bengals was completely shut down. Houston also forced three interceptions.

It's that defense that Houston will once again rely on against the Ravens.

Houston will likely head into Baltimore with a very similar gameplan to the one it had against the Cincinnati.

The game should be a defensive battle. If Houston can simply manage the game on offense and play stout defense, it could pull off this upset.

Baltimore has been inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball this season. Poor offensive play during the regular season led to losses against Jacksonville and Tennessee.

If those defenses can hold Baltimore, so can Houston.