AFC South: Lawrence McCutcheon

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.