Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson catches a pass with New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib draped over him during the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 13, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Johnson is retiring from the NFL after 14 seasons. He spent the first 12 seasons of his career with Houston, where he made the Pro Bowl seven times. Johnson is ranked ninth on the NFL career receptions list with 1,062 catches. He also has 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns in his career. (Heinz Kluetmeier)
The Texans made easy work of the Raiders who were without their starting QB Derek Carr. Rookie Connor Cook was pressured all game by the Texans defense and he threw 3 interceptions as the Raiders offense stalled. The Texans will face either the Patriots or the Chiefs in the divisional round next week.
The Texans defense forced a few turnovers, but their offense generally was not able to capitalize on them. New England moves on as expected and will play in the AFC Championship game against either the Chiefs or Steelers next week.
Amazing defensive performance from the defense and pretty gutsy performance from Brock. Props to him, even though that doesn’t totally absolve him from his play throughout the season. It will take a miracle to beat the Pats, but hey, shit happens.
Raiders @ Texans 4:35 p.m. ET, Sat., Jan 7, ‘17. The 1st of 2 wildcard playoff games today.
This one’s hard to pick – you have an untested rookie in Raiders QB Connor Cook and an error-prone QB in Texans Brock Osweiler. I think the X factor will be the Texans defense, but I’ll roll with the underdogs – Raiders 19, Texans 16.
Update: Final score Texans 27 Raiders 14 / wrong on winner/score, but right abt Texans D being X-factor
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster hurdles into the end zone past Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson on Dec. 14, 2014 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Foster has announced his retirement after suffering another lower body soft-tissue injury. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Houston Texans where he rushed for 6,472 of his 6,527 career yards and made four Pro Bowls. Foster scored all 54 of his touchdowns with the Texans. His best season is arguably his 2010 campaign in which he won the rushing title with 1,616 yards on 327 carries. (David E. Klutho)