Houston Texans

NFL Wild Card Saturday: Brees Throws For 466; Arian Foster Does Work

The opening day of NFL playoff action illustrated two things that were already evident; it’s tough to win on the road in the playoffs and if defenders leave Saints receivers open by 10 yards, they’re likely to catch touchdown passes.

Houston 31, Cincinnati 10: Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton threw three interceptions including a pick-six to Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt but Arian Foster stole the show during Houston’s first-ever postseason win.

Foster rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Also, he made Bengals defensive back Chris Crocker this year’s Tracy Porter by pushing the defender out of the way en route to a 42-yard touchdown run. On NFL Network’s Gameday Final, Deion Sanders put it best: “I hope Crocker’s kids are asleep.”

Houston visits Baltimore next Sunday at 1 in the AFC Divisional playoffs.

Saints 45, Lions 28: For a time, it appeared that the Lions would be able to keep matters under control at the Superdome. Detroit led 14-7 in the second quarter but a barrage of Saints offense, including 466 yards passing from Drew Brees, propelled New Orleans to a 17-point victory.

The Saints rolled up 627 yards of total offense (!) and will now head to San Francisco next Saturday for the NFC Divisional round.

From the Detroit perspective, they ran into a buzzsaw but obviously have some problems that need to be addressed during the offseason as the tweet below suggest:

https://twitter.com/#!/JoeMsrightarm/status/155862515690123264

Anyhow, I know the Packers are 15-1 but nobody is playing a better brand of football than the Saints.

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  1. Don’t forget Crocker also had an interception that probably would’ve been a touchdown go right through his hands and then Houston scored later on the drive. That could’ve changed the whole complexion of the game.

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