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Sunday, January 08, 2012

NFL : Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints win Saturday Wildcard games

The Houston Texans won on their first ever NFL play-off game, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 in Saturday's AFC wild-card game.

Rookie JJ Watt was a stand-out performer in defence, with Houston 17-10 ahead at halftime before second-half TDs from Arian Foster and Andre Johnson sending the Texans clear in the .

The victory - in front of a sell-out crowd of 71,725 at Reliant Stadium was the first post-season game in the franchise's 10-year history - and earned Houston a second-round game in Baltimore against the Ravens next Sunday.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints stormed to a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns on 33-of-43 passing as the Saints overturned a 14-10 half-time deficit.

New Orleans will next head to San Francisco on Saturday for their divisional-round clash with the 49ers.

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