In most seasons, the Texans franchise’s first playoff berth would be the story of the week.
It’s not often that a third-string rookie quarterback completes a 10-point fourth quarter comeback to win a division title. T.J. Yates drove the Texans 80 yards in 2:31 capped off with a touchdown with two seconds left to Kevin Walter to win it.
That play may not lead SportsCenter Monday, but it will always be looked at fondly in Houston sports history. After their win, the Texans watched the Saints-Titans game in the locker room. When the Saints won, the place exploded.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak gave a gameball to someone who didn’t even play Sunday: Andre Johnson.
“I’ve watched him stick with this organization for nine years, and I wanted him to know how proud we are of him,” Kubiak said via the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a great player, and he’s going through a tough time right now, but his leadership is a reason this team keeps fighting.”
Kubiak’s gesture points how surprising this Texans run is. They are doing it without Johnson, Mario Williams, and Matt Schaub. And Texans fans appreciate it.
“Words can’t describe what I’m feeling right now,” Johnson said. “This is something I’ve been waiting for for a long time.”
Sunday’s win gives the Texans a great chance to earn a playoff bye. Get that far, and Johnson should be back in the mix to win a gameball or two for his play on the field.
(Photo courtesy of HoustonTexans.com.)