On their second possession, Schaub completed an 18-yard pass, Foster had a 17-yard run and Keshawn Martin went 16 yards on a reverse, setting up Graham’s field goal.
It became a pattern — move the ball down the field, settle for three points. The fans started booing.
And then Schaub did the one thing he wanted to avoid — he let Cincinnati’s defense get its hands on the ball. Hall anticipated Schaub’s throw, stepped in front and returned it untouched, high-stepping the last few yards, for the defense’s fourth touchdown in the last four games.
Hall also ran back an interception 17 yards for the only Bengals touchdown in a 13-10 win over Pittsburgh that clinched a playoff spot. It was the first interception return for a touchdown against the Texans this season.
Like the Texans, the Bengals ended the season by hitting a wall on offense — one touchdown in the last two games. The offensive woes continued on Saturday when the Bengals failed to score a touchdown on offense again.
NOTES: Houston’s 420 yards were the most given up by the Bengals in their last 10 games. ... Houston receiver Andre Johnson had four receptions for 62 yards to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 99. ... Texans’ LB Cameron Collins made his NFL debut on Saturday after being signed from the practice squad a day earlier. ... R&B star Brian McKnight sang the national anthem.
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