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               === Texans down Bengals again in AFC Wild Card ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (Sports Network) -  For the second time  in less than a calendar
 year, the Houston Texans have ended the Cincinnati Bengals' season.
 
 In  a rematch  of an AFC Wild  Card game from last season, Arian Foster rushed
 for  140 yards  and a touchdown on  32 carries, as the Houston Texans defeated
 the  Cincinnati  Bengals, 19-13, to  earn their  second straight AFC Wild Card
 game victory at Reliant Stadium.
 
 Foster  added  eight catches for  34 yards and became  the first player in NFL
 history to rush for 100-or-more yards in his first three career playoff games.
 
 "I  think we  controlled the line of  scrimmage and any time we do that, we're
 going  to be  tough to beat," said  Foster, who finished with 174 total yards,
 just 14 yards shy of Cincinnati's total offensive output.
 
 Quarterback  Matt Schaub,  who missed  last  season's 31-10  victory over  the
 Bengals  due to  a  foot injury,  finished  29-of-38 for  262  yards with  one
 interception in his first career playoff start.
 
 Owen  Daniels added nine  catches for 91 yards for the Texans, who improved to
 2-1  all-time  in the postseason and  will visit the second-seeded New England
 Patriots on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (et).
 
 "We know what it takes to win and that's play good road football and we didn't
 do that last time we played up there," Schaub said of his team's 42-14 loss in
 New England on Dec. 10. "We're going to have a good week of preparation, we're
 going to move on from this one, and we're going to be excited to go up there."
 
 The  Cincinnati offense  was held  in check  all game,  with quarterback  Andy
 Dalton managing just 127 yards with an interception on 14-of-30 efficiency.
 
 BenJarvus  Green-Ellis carried  the ball 11 times for 63 yards for Cincinnati,
 which hasn't won a playoff game since Jan. 6, 1991.
 
 "We  have  to keep banging on  the door until  we break it down," said Bengals
 coach  Marvin Lewis, who  fell to 0-4 in the playoffs. "A lot of good guys did
 great  things  but this is disappointing  to me, and it's disappointing to the
 (players). We've got to find out a way to push it over the hump."
 
 Cincinnati  finished  the first half with  minus-6 passing yards and just four
 first  downs, but  trailed by just two,  9-7, at the break thanks to Houston's
 red zone inefficiencies and a big defensive play by cornerback Leon Hall.
 
 After  a  three-and-out on  its  opening  touch,  Houston  took its  next  two
 possessions  deep into  Cincinnati territory,  but came  away with  just three
 points on each occasion.
 
 Shayne  Graham's 48-yard field goal capped the Texans' first scoring drive and
 after  a  quick punt from the  Bengals, Graham finished off a 12-play, 60-yard
 march  with  a 27-yarder to  give Cincinnati a 6-0  edge less than two minutes
 into the second quarter.
 
 With the offense sputtering following another quick punt, Cincinnati's defense
 came up with a big play to grab the lead.
 
 On  the third  play of Houston's next  touch, Hall stepped in front of a quick
 out  from Schaub  and tight-roped  the  sidelines for  a 21-yard  interception
 return touchdown to provide Cincinnati with a 7-6 edge with 9 1/2 minutes left
 in the half.
 
 Schaub  bounced back quickly  from the pick, as he found Garrett Graham for 20
 yards  down to the Cincinnati 39 on the fifth play of Houston's ensuing touch.
 Foster followed with a 15-yard sprint and then picked up a 3rd-and-1 with a 4-
 yard surge for a fresh set of downs at the Cincinnati 11.
 
 Houston's  offense once  again stalled inside the red zone, as Schaub's third-
 down  pass tipped off  the fingertips of Andre Johnson in the front of the end
 zone  to  set up Shayne  Graham's third field  goal of the  half -- this one a
 22-yarder -- to put Houston back in front 9-7 with 2:19 left in the half.
 
 Both  teams crossed midfield on their final possessions of the first half, but
 neither  team came away with points, as the Texans carried a 9-7 lead into the
 locker room.
 
 Houston  finally  found the end  zone on its opening  touch of the second half
 following  a  three-and-out from  the Bengals. A  defensive holding penalty on
 3rd-and-2  kept the drive alive before Schaub hit Foster for 11 yards and then
 found Johnson for 22 more to the Cincinnati 5.
 
 Two plays later, Foster surged into the end zone for a 1-yard score to make it
 16-7 with 10:31 left in the third.
 
 A.J.  Green  was held without  a catch in the  first half, but the second-year
 sensation  broke  out on  Cincinnati's ensuing touch.  Green started the drive
 with a short 5-yard grab before hauling in a 45-yard heave from Dalton down to
 the Houston 23.
 
 Dalton  went back  to Green for seven more  on the next play, but his next two
 passes  fell  incomplete, setting up Josh  Brown's 34-yard field goal to bring
 the Bengals within 16-10 with 7:48 left in the third.
 
 A  Houston punt  gave possession  back to  the Bengals,  but Johnathan  Joseph
 picked  off a  Dalton pass intended for  Green and returned it 14 yards to the
 Cincinnati 26.
 
 Houston made its way inside the 10-yard line after the turnover, but a holding
 penalty  handcuffed the  drive and the Texans settled for a 24-yard field goal
 from Graham to make it 19-10 less than a minute into the fourth.
 
 Cincinnati  answered with a scoring drive, as Green-Ellis kept the trek moving
 with  a 2-yard  surge on  4th-and-1  from the  Houston 39.  The drive  stalled
 shortly  after, though,  setting up  Brown's 47-yard  field goal  to pull  the
 Bengals within 19-13 with just over nine minutes left.
 
 The Bengals forced a Houston punt on the Texans' next touch, giving Cincinnati
 one  final drive with 6:15 remaining. A defensive pass interference penalty on
 3rd-and-11  gave Cincinnati a fresh set of downs at midfield before Dalton hit
 Marvin Jones for 15 yards down to the Houston 35.
 
 Facing  3rd-and-11  later in  the drive,  Green beat  his defender, but Dalton
 overthrew him in the end zone to bring up a fourth down with 2:51 left.
 
 "I  had him beat,"  Green said. "I laid out, but I still couldn't get my hands
 on it."
 
 Dalton  then hit Jones on a slant, but the Houston defense swarmed to the ball
 and  brought him down  short of the first-down marker to turn the ball over on
 downs.
 
 After  back-to-back Foster  runs forced  the Bengals  to use  their final  two
 timeouts,  Schaub converted  a 3rd-and-2 with a 7-yard toss to Garrett Graham.
 An unnecessary roughness penalty on the hit moved the ball across midfield and
 the Texans ran out the remaining clock to close out the victory.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Houston  has won  five straight games against the Bengals ... Houston improved
 to  7-0  at home against  the AFC this year  ... Cincinnati's last playoff win
 came   against  the   previous  team  from  Houston,  the  Oilers,  41-14,  at
 Cincinnati's  Riverfront Stadium  ... Last season's AFC Wild Card game between
 these  teams was  played on Jan. 7,  2012 ... Cincinnati was the first team to
 have  negative passing yards in a half of a playoff game since the Kansas City
 Chiefs  finished  a half with minus-8  passing yards against the Colts in 2007
 ... The Bengals are 0-6 all-time on the road in the playoffs.
 
 
 01/05 22:12:24 ET