Texans clinch playoff berth with easy win in Tennessee

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The Houston Texans are going to the playoffs.

An easy 24-10 win in Tennessee on Sunday clinched a playoff berth for Houston, which has owned the best record in the AFC all year and will spend the final four weeks of the season trying to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Texans jumped out to an early lead when Matt Schaub hit Lestar Jean for a 54-yard touchdown on the first possession, built on the lead when Schaub hit James Casey for a five-yard touchdown later in the first quarter, and pretty much put the game away when Arian Foster scored a two-yard touchdown to make the lead 21-3 in the second quarter. The Titans hung in there and the game wasn’t a blowout, but there was never much doubt that the Texans would win.

Just as there’s never been much doubt that the Texans are an AFC playoff team. Everyone has expected all season that the Texans would be in the mix in January, and everyone was right. The 11-1 Texans now have four more games in the regular season, and if they win them, then the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC goes through Houston.

7 responses to “Texans clinch playoff berth with easy win in Tennessee

  1. Houston Texans are playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers the league better watch for them in the playoffs. Super bowl-Houston vs Chicago/Atlanta winner.

  2. Perspective: The Texans were one injury away from having Devier Posey play DB. Sat 5 starters today.

  3. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 3, 2012 12:19 AM

    Texans have owned the best record all year? So week 1, they beat the dolphins. They’re 1-0, Miami is 0-1. What, were all 14 of the other teams 0-0-1?

    You mean the Broncos, Bears, and Ravens? Everyone needs to stop with the “they haven’t played anybody” excuse because it doesn’t work. They’ve played and beaten more good teams than the Broncos, Patriots, and Ravens and have lost only one game all year long which, according to most of you, apparently shouldn’t count because it happened early in the year.

  4. Oh, and 6 turnovers and 6 sacks later, so much for the “They’re defense isn’t any good” excuse either…

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