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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Bengals-Texans: What you need to know

By ESPN Stats & Information

The Houston Texans will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday at 4:30 ET in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

Same game, different year
This is the 4th time under the current playoff format that teams are meeting in the Wild Card round in back-to-back seasons. In each of the previous three instances, the team that won the first game also won the second game.

It’s been a while
The Bengals’ last playoff win was a 41-14 victory over the Houston Oilers in the 1990 Wild Card Playoffs. They’ve lost 4 straight postseason games since then, each by at least 10 points. Every other current NFL franchise has won a playoff game since the Bengals last win.

Cincy road woes
The Bengals are 0-5 all-time on the road in the postseason, tied with the Saints (also 0-5) for the worst road record in NFL postseason history.

Rare company for Dalton
Andy Dalton will become the 4th quarterback in NFL history to start a road playoff game in each of his first two seasons. He joins Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco and Shaun King.

Schaub likes the Bengals
Matt Schaub is 2-0 in 2 career starts against the Bengals with 7 touchdowns and a single interception. Of the 16 teams he has faced more than once since 2008, Schaub’s Total QBR of 89.4 against the Bengals is his best against any team.

Foster seeing red
Arian Foster has the most red zone rush attempts (74) and touchdowns (15) in the NFL this season. The Bengals defense has allowed 3.3 rush yards per attempt in the red zone this season, the third-most in the league.

Tip drill
The Texans batted or tipped 37 passes this season, with 16 coming from J.J. Watt (both best in NFL). Andy Dalton has had 32 passes batted or tipped since entering the NFL (third most), including five in two games against the Texans last season, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Watt.

Green likes play action
A.J. Green has four touchdown catches this season on play-action passes, tied for third-most in the league. Andy Dalton has not thrown a touchdown pass to any other receiver out of play action this season.