Take a deep breath, Houston Texans fans.
For a second straight season, the franchise that couldn't make the playoffs for the first nine years of its existence has sealed a postseason berth.
It didn't come in pretty fashion. The final quarter of the schedule undoubtedly left a sour taste in every fan's mouth. Fortunately for the Texans, that has absolutely no bearing on what will take place Saturday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) will fly to Houston (12-4) for the second year in a row on Wild Card Weekend to take on a struggling Texans team. Last year's contest saw the Texans defense dominate the Bengals. Houston's third-string quarterback, T.J. Yates, out-dueled Andy Dalton and led the team to a 31-10 victory.
Both teams added to their win totals from a year ago in 2012. While the Texans lost three of their last four games, the Bengals were headed in the opposite direction, winning seven of their last eight.
The late-season slide cost Houston its No. 1 ranking in the AFC. Now as the third seed, the bitter Texans will face one of the hottest teams in the AFC on a week where they expected a bye. The sixth-seeded Bengals come to town essentially getting a mulligan for last year's playoff loss in Houston.
Something has to give Saturday. Here are some keys to this weekend's rematch of the Texans and Bengals.