Leon Hall's Huge Pick-Six Against Texans

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05:  Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals intercepts a pass and returns it 21-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against James Casey #86 of the Houston Texans during their AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Reliant Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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In one fell swoop, Leon Hall altered his team's chances against the Houston Texans. 

The Texans owned the Cincinnati Bengals for most of the first half of the game and went up by a score of 6-0 early in the second quarter, but Hall's interception marked a huge change of momentum.

Matt Schaub and the Texans were backed up at their own 19-yard line when Schaub threw an ill-advised pass towards fullback James Casey. Leon Hall had been baiting Schaub to throw the ball that way, and when he did, Hall pounced on it and took it back for an easy touchdown. 

In a game where the Bengals only managed 53 yards of total offense in the first half and negative-six yards passing, Hall's interception proved to be the only thing keeping the Bengals in the game. 

Being a veteran quarterback, Schaub should have never thrown the pass, but we know that pressure can make even the best players wilt at times. This was one of those occasions, and Hall made him pay for his error. 

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