Monday, January 7, 2013
In win, Foster had an NFL playoff first
By Paul Kuharsky
In Houston’s win against Cincinnati, Arian Foster ran 32 times for 140 yards and had eight receptions for 34 yards.
It’s hard to believe, but ESPN Stats & Info says he was the first player in NFL history to have 30 or more carries and seven or more receptions in a postseason game.
His total of 40 rushes-plus-receptions matched the second-highest in a regulation-length postseason game. The Jets’ Curtis Martin had 36 carries and six catches in a win over Jacksonville in the playoffs following the 1998 season, and Lawrence McCutcheon of the Los Angeles Rams had 37 carries and three catches in a win over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975. Miami’s Lamar Smith had 40 carries and three receptions in an overtime victory over the Colts in 2000.
Foster’s 40 touches were a career-high. He was the second back this season to record at least 140 rush yards and 30 receiving yards in a game. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles did it in Week 3 at New Orleans.
Some other notes on what the Texans did:
- They are now 6-0 this season in games decided by 8 points or fewer, including the postseason. They are the only team this season that did not lose a game decided by 8 points or fewer.
- J.J. Watt recorded a sack, a tackle for loss and a batted pass in the game. Watt had five games with one of each of those plays this season. Only four other players did that in multiple games.
- The Texans didn’t allow the Bengals a single third-down conversion. It was the first time that an NFL team had been held without a third-down conversion in a postseason game since the playoffs following the 1988 season, when Sam Wyche’s Bengals held Marv Levy’s Bills without a first down on 10 third-down attempts.