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Texans, Seahawks in NFL playoffs

The Houston Texans have cruised to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders in their AFC wildcard NFL playoff game.

Raiders rookie quarterback Connor Cook looked third rate, completing 18 for 45 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

With starter Derek Carr (leg) and back-up Matt McGloin (shoulder) out, Cook was the lone option.

The Texans, who led the NFL in yards allowed for the first time in franchise history, showed Cook no mercy.

Making their first post-season appearance since the 2002 Super Bowl, the Raiders did not eclipse 100 total yards until their first possession of the fourth quarter, doing so on a 10-yard pass from Cook to tight end Mychal Rivera that also marked their first third-down conversion after a 0-of-11 start.

By that point, the Texans led by 20 points behind a solid performance from quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler passed for 168 yards and a touchdown and turned a one-yard bootleg into a 27-7 lead with 12:28 to play.

The Texans will face New England or Kansas City in the divisional round next.

In the National Football Conference, Seattle running back Thomas Rawls set a franchise post-season record in the Seahawks’ 26-6 victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday in their NFC wildcard game.

Rawls, who rushed for a season-high 161 yards on 27 carries with a four-yard touchdown, became the first Seahawks running back to post 100 or more rushing yards in the first half of a post-season game.

“I didn’t know,” the 23-year-old said.

Seattle face second-seeded Atlanta next Saturday in the divisional match-up. The Falcons had earned a bye into the divisional round.

“We want to end (the season) on a great mark, running the football, which is our identity, playing tough football and that’s exactly what we did,” Rawls said.

Rawls broke the game open with a four-yard touchdown run with 8:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, giving the third-seeded Seahawks a 19-6 lead. And, Seattle’s defence did not allow a touchdown.

Quarterback Russell Wilson, playing without a knee brace for the first time since week three, completed 23 of 30 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns as the Seahawks won their 10th consecutive post-season game at home.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, said facing league MVP candidate Matt Ryan and the Falcons will be very different.

“We are expecting a fight,” said Wagner. “They are going to come in rested and they are going to be hungry but we are hungry too. We’re going to come out and give it everything we’ve got.”

The Houston Texans got off to a great start in the playoffs when Jadeveon Clowney made an incredible interception

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The Houston Texans got the good start they wanted against the Oakland Raiders in their Wild Card playoff matchup thanks to former No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney.

On the Raiders’ second drive of the game, rookie quarterback Connor Cook — making his first career NFL start — tried to set up a screen pass for running back Latavius Murray.

Clowney read the play perfectly and dropped off his rush at the perfect moment. He tipped the ball up to himself and intercepted the pass, giving the Texans great field position early in the game.

The replay shows that with Cook rolling away from Clowney, he went easy on the rush. This allowed him to reverse his direction a lot easier.

The Texans would score on the next play when Lamar Miller ran it in from seven years out.

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The Houston Texans got off to a great start in the playoffs when Jadeveon Clowney made an incredible interception

(ESPN)

The Houston Texans got the good start they wanted against the Oakland Raiders in their Wild Card playoff matchup thanks to former No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney.

On the Raiders’ second drive of the game, rookie quarterback Connor Cook — making his first career NFL start — tried to set up a screen pass for running back Latavius Murray.

Clowney read the play perfectly and dropped off his rush at the perfect moment. He tipped the ball up to himself and intercepted the pass, giving the Texans great field position early in the game.

The replay shows that with Cook rolling away from Clowney, he went easy on the rush. This allowed him to reverse his direction a lot easier.

The Texans would score on the next play when Lamar Miller ran it in from seven years out. Houston would eventually stretch their lead to 10-0 midway into the first quarter.

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