HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans won their second consecutive AFC South championship with a 12-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday night at NRG Stadium.
Former Texans kicker Randy Bullock missed a potential game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired that clinched the division for his former club.
Both teams struggled to find offense throughout the game with a combined 16 punts but traded blows in the second half.
The only points scored in the first half came as time expired with a 43-yard field goal from former Texans kicker Randy Bullock which gave the Bengals a 3-0 advantage.
The Texans evened things up on the first drive of the second half despite an Akeem Hunt false start penalty inside the 10-yard line derailing a promising offensive drive. A 25-yard Nick Novak field goal tied the game at 3-3.
Novak would add another kick with 5:05 left in the third quarter to take their first loss.
Brandon Lafell regained the lead for the Bengals the lead with 10:45 remaining in the game as he caught a ball on 3rd and five for an 86-yard touchdown catch and run.
On a first down just outside the red zone Alfred Blue scored a 24-yard touchdown with 8:47 remaining in the game to put the Texans back on top and for good. The extra point was no good.
The Texans will play in Tennessee next week. There could be playoff seeding implications with that game.