5 Best Highlights from Bengals vs. Texans

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Reliant Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The playoffs are finally here!

The Houston Texans hosted the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, winning at home by a score of 19-13.

Needless to say, there were some incredible highlights with both teams featuring some of the NFL's top players, and we've got the biggest game-changing plays here for your viewing pleasure. 

On to the highlights!


J.J. Watt Sacks Andy Dalton

Three plays after BenJarvus Green-Ellis broke off a 29-yard run, Watt sacked Dalton for a nine-yard loss to negate the big play and force the Bengals to punt the ball from their own 33-yard line. 


Leon Hall Baits Matt Schaub and Scores

The Texans increased their lead to 6-0 with a couple of minutes gone by in the first quarter, and the Bengals couldn't get anything going on offense. 

Houston looked to have all the momentum in the game when Matt Schaub threw an ill-advised pass toward fullback James Casey. 

Leon Hall had been baiting him to do so, and he leaped out in front of the pass for an easy interception that he took back 21 yards for a pivotal touchdown that put the Bengals up by a score of 7-6.


Arian Foster Finally Punches One In for the Texans

The Texans dominated the action in the first half, gaining 198 more yards than the Bengals, but the team couldn't get the ball into the end zone.

Due to Hall's interception returned for a touchdown, Houston only led by two points at the half, 9-7.

That all changed when Foster punched one in from one yard out to give the Texans a 16-7 lead midway through the third quarter. 


A.J. Green Beats Jonathan Joseph Deep

After Green hadn't even been targeted once in the first half, Dalton began looking for his star receiver in earnest in the second half. 

The two of them hooked up for a gorgeous 45-yard bomb that set up the Bengals with their first scoring opportunity of the game on offense.

Unfortunately, Green's efforts didn't turn into seven points for the Bengals, but kicker Josh Brown converted from 34 yards out to pull the Bengals to within six points. 


Jonathan Joseph With the Dagger

After the Bengals pulled to within one score and forced the Texans to punt on their next possession, momentum seemed to be shifting in Cincinnati's favor. 

That didn't last long, though, as Joseph intercepted Dalton on a post play—a play in which Green didn't seem to be expecting to get the ball. Green never saw the ball coming, never reached out to snag a pretty good throw, and Joseph made an easy play for the pick.

The worst part about the play from the Bengals' perspective is that it happened on their own 40-yard line, and Joseph returned it 14 yards to put the Texans in scoring range. From there, Houston kicked a field goal to go up by nine points. 

That turned out to be the play that sealed the victory for Houston, as the Texans won at home by a score of 19-13. 


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