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Houston beats Bengals 19-13 in wild-card playoff

Sunday - 1/6/2013, 4:08pm  ET

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the second quarter of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Houston. Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Nate Clements is underneath Foster. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) -- J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock Cincinnati out of the playoffs for the second straight year.

Matt Schaub made his first postseason start a successful one when Foster's 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter helped the Texans to a 19-13 AFC wild-card win over the Bengals on Saturday.

"The whole stadium knew we had to line up and run the ball and boy, he was at his best there at the end," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's become a fine, fine player, and it just seems like the bigger it gets, the better Arian gets."

Now comes the big test. The Texans (13-4) move on to the second round on Jan. 13, when they visit the New England Patriots, who beat them 42-14 in Week 14. This time they're 9
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