Both home teams held serve in the NFL playoffs Saturday, with the Houston Texans beating the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers beating the Minnesota Vikings.
In Houston, the Texans used a superb defensive effort to best the Bengals, 19-13. Andy Dalton was held to 3 yards through the first half and 127 for the game, and Cincy only gained 207 yards as a team in the losing effort. Leon Hall's second-quarter interception return was the Bengals' only touchdown of the game. That score gave Cincy a 7-6 lead, but a Shayne Graham field goal in the final two minutes of the first half gave Houston the lead for good.
Houston's offense was better, gaining 420 yards, but but only scored once on a third-quarter one-yard Arian Foster touchdown run. Foster had 140 yards on 32 carries in the win, with Owen Daniels catching nine passes for 91 yards.
Hoston advances to play the Patriots in New England next weekend. The Pats beat Houston in Foxborough 42-14 in Week 14 and opened as 9.5 point favorites.
In Green Bay, Joe Webb led the Vikings on the field, filling in behind center for the injured Christian Ponder. He didn't do much, completing only 3 of 11 passes in the first half for 22 yards and 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards for the game.
The Vikings scored first on a field goal but never mounted any serious threat. Green Bay got rushing touchdowns from John Kuhn and Dujuan Harris in the first half, and Kuhn caught a nine-yard Aaron Rodgers pass in the third quarter as the Packers stayed on cruise control for most of the game. Michael jenkins scored on a meaningless 50-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth for the Vikings. Green Bay will travel to San Francisco next weekend to play the 49ers.
Sunday's game will see the Ravens host the Colts at 1 p.m. on CBS, and the Redskins host the Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. on FOX.
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