Today’s games left no guessing on which team will play which next weekend. The Houston Texans ran past the Cincinnati Bengals with a 19-13 win and will face the Patriots at New England. The Packers eliminated the Vikings with a 24-10 victory and will set up a match with the 49ners in a week one rematch.
The Texans went to the ground to beat the Bengals and relied on RB Arian Foster and a harassing defense to earn the tough win in a last year wild card rematch with the Bengals. The Texans struggled to finish drives off with touchdowns and settled for four field goals and scored only one touchdown to squeeze by the Bengals. The Bengals have been struggling to score and struggled today with Andy Dalton having one of his worse showings yet at Reliant Stadium. The Bengals allowed Houston to move the ball easily at times against them almost seeming like they were guessing more on defense then having an actual game plan. The Texans JJ Watt was all over Andy Dalton and the Texans defense crushed any offensive chances for the Bengals to win the game. The win sets up a December rematch for the Texans and Patriots. The Texans haven’t forgotten that game and more then ready to face New England, no matter their offensive struggles, the Texans will be a very tough divisional round opponent for New England. The Texans vs The Patriots game will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, January 13th.
The Vikings without Christian Ponder due to a hurt elbow had QB Joe Webb at the helm. The Packers main focus was shutting down Adrian Peterson and then focusing on the QB when they had too, and the Packers defense showed up holding the Vikings to 10 points. Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers through out the game on offense and John Kuhn scored twice, once on the ground, and another through the air, catching a pass from QB Rodgers. The Packers cruised to their rematch against the 49ners. The game will take place Saturday, January 12th at 8 p.m. ET.