Even though Cincinnati lost 24-16 during their regular season finale against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals earned the sixth and final seed in the 2011 NFL playoffs thanks to losses by the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos and/or the Oakland Raiders. The Houston Texans, with no chance to improve their position no matter what happened on Sunday, finished as the AFC's third seed after securing the AFC South title following Houston's 20-19 win over the Bengals in week 14.
According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals will kickoff against the Houston Texans at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 7 on NBC. Hopefully we'll get the Cincinnati veterans in Al Michaels (Marty Brennaman's predecessor) and Cris Collinsworth.
It will be the first game of the 2011 NFL playoffs, with two games on Saturday and two on Sunday. If the Bengals beat the Houston Texans, they'll face the top seed in the AFC in the New England Patriots.