Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 23-22 loss to the Titans at Reliant Stadium in Week 17:
- Finished the season with a franchise-best record of 10-6. With the loss today, Houston finished the season 5-3 at home, 4-2 against AFC South opponents and 1-1 against Tennessee. Houston’s 4-2 intra-division record matches the best in team history.
- Outrushed the Titans, gaining 152 yards on the ground to Tennessee’s 60. It was the 11th time this season that the Texans outrushed their opponents, and the Texans fell to 8-3 in those games.
- Won the time of possession battle for the 12th time this season, holding the ball for 34:38. Houston fell to 9-3 in those games
- Scored on their opening possession of the game for the ninth time this season and the second game in a row.
- Led after the first quarter for the 12th time this season.
- Trailed at halftime for the fourth time this season.
- Scored on their opening possession of the second half for the 10thtime this season and the fourth consecutive game.
- Were tied after three quarters for the second time this season.
- Sold out their 100th consecutive home game, including regular season and preseason contests, with a crowd of 71,512. Houston has sold out every home game in franchise history.
- Team captains were WR Andre Johnson and C Chris Myers on offense, ILBs Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
- The Titans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
TEAM RECORDS SET IN 2011…
- Wins (10) – Previous record was 9 in 2009
- Consecutive wins (7) – Previous record was 6 from 12/13/09-9/19/10
- Fewest touchdowns allowed (27) – Previous record was 39 in 2004 and 2009
- Fewest points allowed (278) – Previous record was 333 in 2009
- Fewest yards allowed (4,571) – Previous record was 5,198 in 2009
- Rushing yards gained (2,448) – Previous record was 2,042 in 2010
- Fewest rushing yards allowed (1,536) – Previous record was 1,711 in 2009
- Fewest net passing yards allowed (3,035) – Previous record was 3,141 in 2002
- Fewest first downs allowed (270) – Previous record was 291 in 2002
- Fewest interceptions thrown (9) – Previous record was 12 in 2010
- Sacks (44.0) – Previous record was 37 in 2005
- Home attendance (Season avg. 71, 496) – Previous high was 71,081 in 2010
HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
- Saw his record drop to 47-49 with the loss.
- Lost the final game of the regular season for the first time in his six seasons as head coach.
CB JASON ALLEN
- Made his first start since Week 5 vs. Oakland (10/9), starting in place of an inactive Johnathan Joseph. Allen finished the game with two solo tackles.
G THOMAS AUSTIN
- Saw action for the second time this season and got his most extensive playing time when he subbed for starting C Chris Myers in the second half.
OLB BRYAN BRAMAN
- Teamed with OLB Jesse Nading to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. It was the first sack of his career.
FB JAMES CASEY
- Caught his career-high sixth pass of the season when he hauled in a 15-yard throw in the third quarter. His previous high was five receptions in Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25). He finished the game with seven catches for 91 yards with a long of 21.
QB JAKE DELHOMME
- Made his Texans debut when he stepped in for starter T.J. Yates in the first quarter. Delhomme completed 18-of-28 pass attempts for 211 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 99.0.
FS QUINTIN DEMPS
- Led the team with a career-high six tackles, all of which were solo stops.
ILB TIM DOBBINS
- Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.
T ANDREW GARDNER
- Made his NFL debut when he came on for a field goal attempt in the third quarter.
TE GARRETT GRAHAM
- Caught his first career pass, a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
- Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games played with a sack to 82 when he caught a 5-yard pass in the first quarter.
WR BRYANT JOHNSON
- Caught a season-long 40-yard pass in the fourth quarter. The catch was his longest since 11/16/08 when he caught 42-yard pass for San Francisco against St. Louis.
- Caught his first touchdown of the season and the 16th of his career when QB Jake Delhomme hit him in the back of the end zone from 5 yards out late in the fourth quarter. It was Johnson’s first touchdown catch since 1/3/10 when he caught a 12-yard touchdown for Detroit against Chicago.
WR JACOBY JONES
- Caught three passes for 35 yards, which put him over 500 receiving yards for the second consecutive season. He entered the game needing 23 yards to reach the milestone.
FS SHILOH KEO
- Saw his first career action as a punt returner. He fair caught the first punt that came his way and finished the game with one return for 11 yards.
NT EARL MITCHELL
- Finished the game with a career-high six tackles, including five solo stops, and one pass defensed. His previous high was five tackles vs. Carolina (12/18).
OLB JESSE NADING
- Registered his first partial sack of the season when he teamed with OLB Bryan Braman to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave Nading 4.0 for his career.
- Recovered the first fumble of his career in the fourth quarter.
K NEIL RACKERS
- Made all three field goal attempts, hitting from 72, 37 and 22 yards, to give him a franchise-record 32 field goals on the season. The previous mark was 29 field goals by Kris Brown in 2008.
DE ANTONIO SMITH
- Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave him 5.5 on the season, which matches his career high set in 2007 with Arizona. It also moved him past Jason Babin into third on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 14.0.
- Notched his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack gave him a career-high 6.5 on the season. His 2.0 sacks also tied a career single-game high, matching his performance at Oakland on 10/3/10.
RB BEN TATE
- Made his second career start and his first since Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25), finishing with 97 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
- Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run to cap the Texans’ opening drive. His last touchdown was in Week 11 at Tampa Bay (11/13).
- Ran for a 56-yard gain on the first play of the second half. It was the longest run of the season for the Texans and the longest of his career. The previous long was a 44-yard run by Tate at Cincinnati (12/11).
- Had a career-high 24 receiving yards and tied a career high with four receptions. His previous bests were four catches and 13 receiving yards, both at Miami in Week 2 (9/18).
RB DERRICK WARD
- Finished the game with season highs in rushing attempts and rushing yards, carrying 12 times for 50 yards. His previous highs were 11 attempts and 39 yards, both against Indianapolis in Week 1 (9/11).
QB T.J. YATES
- Started for the fifth time and completed all four of his pass attempts for 47 yards before leaving the game early in the first quarter.
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