HOUSTON - Heading into the Texans first ever playoff game, despite all the injuries to key players, they matched up favorably with the #6 seed, the Cincinnati Bengals. And so far through 30 minutes of action, the two teams have played a very evenly, exchanging touchdowns and field goals before Texans rookie JJ Watt made an incredible interception, picking off an Andy Dalton pass by simply reaching up and grabbing the ball out of the air, and then rumbling 29 yards to the endzone shortly before the half to give the Texans a 17-10 lead. It was the only turnover of what was a generally smooth running first half.
Statistically the game has been a wash with both teams churning out 156 total yards of offense, while Cincinnati is leading the time of possession battle, 17:15 to 12:45.
TJ Yates, who separated his shoulder last week against the Titans, hasn't set the world on fire, but he hasn't been terrible either, as he finished the half 6-13 for 79 yards. Arian Foster, who scored the Texans first touchdown of the game with an eight-yard scamper around the left end, is leading all rushers with 12 carries for 70 yards, including a nifty 20-yard change of direction run in the first quarter.
Andy Dalton, the other rookie quarterback in this contest, finished the first half 13-18 for 120 yards with the lone pick.