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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: