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9 Texans, 1 Pro Bowl: What they did in the game

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 28, 2013 – 4:37 pm

Matt SchaubThe 2013 Pro Bowl featured a team-record nine Texans players on Sunday. Here’s a look at what each Texans player did in the game:

QB Matt Schaub (2nd career Pro Bowl): 12-of-22 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions with a 46.2 rating. Sacked once. The 2009 Pro Bowl MVP, Schaub entered game for Peyton Manning at the 6:54 mark of the second quarter and was replaced by Andrew Luck at 3:52 in the third. Schaub’s touchdown pass was a four-yarder to Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs on third-and-goal in the third quarter. Schaub also had one carry for 11 yards, showing off some wheels as he picked up a first down.

RB Arian Foster (3rd Pro Bowl): Three carries, -2 yards. Foster started the game and didn’t see the field much, if at all, after the first quarter. The AFC trailed 31-14 at halftime and had just 15 rushing yards as a team, while the NFC had just 78 in a decidedly pass-happy game. Foster threw a few halfback passes during the week in practice, as he did during last year’s Pro Bowl practices, but didn’t get a chance to do so in Sunday’s game.

WR Andre Johnson (6th Pro Bowl): Three catches for 34 yards on five targets. Johnson started and played much of the first half. In the second half, he wore a red AFC hat as he stood on the sideline with folded arms and talked to former University of Miami teammate Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning, Schaub and others. He caught one pass from Schaub, a 16-yard gain on third-and-15 in the second quarter.

TE Owen Daniels (2nd career Pro Bowl): Four catches for 45 yards on seven targets. Daniels had a long gain of 17, which he caught from Luck in the fourth quarter. He caught two passes from Schaub, including a 13-yarder in the second quarter.

LT Duane Brown (1st Pro Bowl), LG Wade Smith (1st), C Chris Myers (2nd): Brown and Smith both started. Myers, in his second consecutive Pro Bowl, played as a reserve. Brown played mostly right tackle, with Cleveland’s Joe Thomas seeing a bulk of time at left tackle when Brown was on the field. Smith also played some right guard; he and Brown ironically never played beside each other in the entire game.

DE J.J. Watt (1st Pro Bowl): Five tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit. Watt started in his Pro Bowl debut and made plays in the backfield along with a couple of other highlights – and a stomach-churning moment. The presumptive NFL Defensive Player of the Year lined up at wide receiver on the AFC’s first drive and had a pass thrown his way by Manning in the end zone. The pass was incomplete, and it also left Watt with a bloody finger that he showed off to NBC cameras on the sideline. Watt continued to play in the game and afterward said he’s fine and just needed a few stitches.

CB Johnathan Joseph (2nd Pro Bowl): Four tackles, including three in the first half. Joseph, making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, started the game and was often on the field at the same time as Watt. He lined up against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson and even Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.


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Andre Johnson tops in interesting stat

Posted by drewdougherty on January 24, 2013 – 12:03 pm

Andre JohnsonWide receiver Andre Johnson finished 2012 with a career-best 1,598 yards receiving.

Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson and Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall were the All-Pro selections at receiver, but the Texan had the better numbers in one key category: yards per route run.

According to ProFootballFocus.com, Johnson was the only player to register better than 3 yards per route run, and he finished with 3.01 total. Yards per route run was decribed in the post here:

This unique metric evaluates yardage totals solely based on routes run so that the stats are indicative of performance relative to the number of opportunities. It’s easy enough to understand, so let’s look at the notable performances.

Johnson and eight of his teammates are in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl this week. If the yards per route run stat wasn’t enough of a reminder of just how effective he was this year, there’s always this.


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HoustonTexans.com hits Honolulu

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 24, 2013 – 2:23 am

HONOLULU – Aloha from Hawaii, site of the 2013 Pro Bowl. I’ll be here all week to cover the nine Texans players who were selected to play in the game, which kicks off Sunday at 6 p.m. CT at Aloha Stadium here  on the island of Oahu.

The Texans’ nine Pro Bowlers are not only a team record but the most of any team in the league this year. Defensive end J.J. Watt, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson and left tackle Duane Brown all are representing the Texans as starters for the AFC. Quarterback Matt Schaub, center Chris Myers, left guard Wade Smith and tight end Owen Daniels made the squad as reserves.

The AFC and NFC teams practice separately each day. Practices started on Wednesday at Kapolei High School and will continue Thursday morning at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Check back with us tomorrow afternoon for updates from practice and afterward as we talk to Texans players and their NFL all-star peers. “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer is out here with me and will be contributing to our coverage for the week.

We’ll also check in at some point with Texans Cheerleader Vanessa, who already has been blogging her experiences for us on HoustonTexans.com.


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Postgame notes: Patriots 41, Texans 28

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 13, 2013 – 9:08 pm

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the Sunday at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans lost 42-28 to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs:

THE TEXANS

·         Fell in the Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs for the second consecutive season.

 

·         Finished the season 13-5 overall, which is the best record in franchise history.

 

·         Won time of possession for the second time this postseason and the 14th time overall this season, holding the ball for 31:24.

 

·         Gained more than 400 yards of net offense for the second consecutive playoff game, finishing with 425 total yards a week after gaining 420 yards vs. Cincinnati (1/5).

 

·         Scored first for the second consecutive postseason game and 11th time this year overall when K Shayne Graham booted a 27-yard field goal to cap the opening drive of the game.

 

·         Trailed at the end of the first quarter for the first time this postseason and the seventh time overall this season. Houston finished the year 2-5 overall when trailing after the opening period.

 

·         Trailed at halftime for the first time this postseason and the sixth time overall this season. Houston finished the year 1-5 overall when trailing at halftime.

 

·         Trailed at the end of the third quarter for the first time this postseason and the sixth time this season overall. Houston finished the year 1-5 overall when trailing entering the fourth quarter.

 

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

·         Successfully challenged a play in the fourth quarter, arguing that a play ruled incomplete on the field was a completed pass in the end zone. The call was overturned, resulting in a 25-yard touchdown for the Texans.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Caught a game-high nine passes for 81 yards and extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 87, including regular season and postseason games, with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Tied RB Terrell Davis for the most rushing yards by a player in his first four career playoff games with 515, gaining 90 yards on the ground in the game. Foster and Davis are the only two men in League history to rush for more than 500 yards in their first four playoff appearances.

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS, FIRST FOUR PLAYOFF GAMES OF CAREER                                  

Player                           Team                                     Postseason(s)   Yards

Arian Foster               Houston Texans               2011-12                515

Terrell Davis               Denver Broncos                1996-97                515

Fred Taylor                 Jacksonville Jaguars        1998-99                493

John Riggins               Washington Redskins     1976, 1982           474

Eric Dickerson            Los Angeles Rams            1983-85                470

Eddie George            Tennessee Titans             1999                       449

 

·         Moved into 43rd on the NFL’s all-time postseason rushing list with 515 career yards.

 

·         Finished the game with 153 yards from scrimmage (90 rushing, 63 receiving) to raise his career total to 663. His career average of 165.8 scrimmage yards per game in the playoffs is the highest in NFL playoff history.

 

MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS PER GAME, NFL POSTSEASON HISTORY                                 

                                                                                                                        Total      Tot. Yds

Player                                   G     Rush      Yards     Rec.       Yards     Yards     /Game

Arian Foster                       4      105         515         23           148         663         165.8

Terrell Davis                       8      204         1,140     19           131         1,271     158.9

Merril Hoge                        3      39           247         14           129         376         125.3

Larry Fitzgerald                 6      0              0              42           705         705         117.5

Marcus Allen                      16   267         1,347     53           530         1,877     117.3

 

·         Scored a touchdown in his fourth consecutive playoff game when he reached the end zone on a 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

 

CB BRANDON HARRIS

·         Made his first career postseason start when the Texans defense opened the game with six defensive backs on the field.

 

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal to end the first half, surpassing his previous career-high of 53-yards set in 2009.

 

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Made his first career postseason start when the Texans defense opened the game with six defensive backs on the field.

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Finished the game with 95 receiving yards on eight catches, raising his postseason career total to 358 yards in four games. His average of 89.5 yards per game in the postseason is the sixth-highest in League playoff history.

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME, NFL PLAYOFF HISTORY

Player                           G             Rec         Yds         Avg        Lg            TD           Yds/G

Larry Fitzgerald         6              42           705         16.8        64t          9              117.5

Hakeem Nicks           4              28           444         15.9        72t          4              111.0

Tom Fears                   6              30           587         19.6        -              5              97.8

Steve Smith                8              47           782         16.6        70           7              97.8

Charlie Brown            7              31           643         20.7        *60         3              91.9

Andre Johnson         4              25           358         14.3        40t          1              89.5

 

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 106, including regular season and postseason games, with an 11-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

·         Scored the first two-point conversion in Texans postseason history when he leapt to haul in a throw from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.

 

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Returned the opening kickoff 94 yards to the New England 12-yard line to set up a 27-yard field goal by K Shayne Graham. It was the longest kickoff return of his career in both regular season and postseason play and was the longest in Texans postseason history. His previous longs were 83 yards vs. New Orleans on 12/11/08 as a Chicago Bear and 60 yards in the 2011 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore on 1/15/12. That return was also on the opening kick of the game.

 

·         Set an AFC Divisional Playoff record with 216 kickoff return yards in the game, bettering the previous mark of 208 yards by Dante Hall of Kansas City vs. Indianapolis on 1.11.04. It was the third-most kick return yards in NFL postseason history.

 

MOST KICKOFF RETURN YARDS, GAME, POSTSEASON HISTORY

Player                           Date                Tm      Opp   KR     Yds     Avg    Lg        TD

Andre Coleman        1/29/1995      SD       SF       8        244     30.5    98t      1

Ellis Hobbs                   1/21/2007      NE      Ind     6        220     36.7    80       0

Danieal Manning     1/13/2013      Hou   NE      4        216     54.0    94       0

Tim Dwight                 1/31/1999      Atl      Den    5        210     42.0    94t      1

Dante Hall                   1/11/2004      KC       Ind     7        208     29.7    92t      1

 

·         Averaged 54.0 yards per kickoff return, gaining 216 yards on four returns. That was the second-highest return average in NFL playoff history behind only Speedy Duncan’s 56.7-yard average (3-170) for Washington vs. San Francisco on 12/26/71.

 

HIGHEST KICKOFF RETURN AVERAGE, GAME, POSTSEASON HISTORY

Player                           Date                Tm      Opp   KR     Yds     Avg    Lg        TD

Speedy Duncan        12/26/1971   Was   SF       3        170     56.7    -          0

Danieal Manning     1/13/2013      Hou   NE      4        216     54.0    94       0

Trindon Holliday       1/12/2013      Den    Bal      3        158     52.7    104t   1

Ed Podolak                  12/25/1971   KC       Mia    3        154     51.3    -          0

Speedy Duncan        12/26/1964   SD       Buf     3        147     49.0    -          0

Fulton Walker            1/30/1983      Mia    Was   4        190     47.5    98t      1

 

WR DeVIER POSEY

·         Made his first career reception in postseason play when he hauled in a 24-yard pass in the second quarter.

 

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he dove to haul in a 25-yard scoring throw from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.

 

OLB BROOKS REED

·         Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack New England QB Tom Brady for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive playoff games with a sack to four. Reed and Watt are tied for the most sacks in team playoff history with 5.0 apiece.

 

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Threw for 343 yards in the game, giving him the first 300-yard passing game in Texans postseason history, and finished the game with a passer rating of 90.6, completing 34-of-51 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

 

·         Threw his first career touchdown pass in postseason play when he hit WR DeVier Posey for a 25-yard score in the fourth quarter.

 

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit RB Arian Foster for a 1-yard touchdown

 

DE J.J. WATT

·         Teamed with OLB Brooks Reed to sack New England QB Tom Brady for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive playoff games with a sack to four. Watt and Reed are tied for the most sacks in team playoff history with 5.0 apiece.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         FB Tyler Clutts and WR Lestar Jean made their playoff debuts in the game

 

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Antoine Caldwell, CB Roc Carmichael, ILB Cameron Collins, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, CB Stanford Routt and G Cody White.

 

·         Captains for the Texans were WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

 

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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First-quarter notes: Patriots 7, Texans 3

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 13, 2013 – 4:21 pm

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans trail 7-3 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored first for the second consecutive game when K Shayne Graham booted a 27-yard field goal to cap the opening drive of the game.

 

·         Trailed at the end of the first quarter for the first time this postseason and the seventh time overall this season. Houston was 2-4 when trailing after the opening period during the regular season.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 87, including regular season and postseason games, with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

CB BRANDON HARRIS

·         Made his first career postseason start when the Texans defense opened the game with six defensive backs on the field.

 

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Made his first career postseason start when the Texans defense opened the game with six defensive backs on the field.

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 106, including regular season and postseason games, with an 11-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Returned the opening kickoff 94 yards to the New England 12-yard line to set up a 27-yard field goal by K Shayne Graham. It was the longest kickoff return of his career in both regular season and postseason play and was the longest in Texans postseason history. His previous longs were 83 yards vs. New Orleans on 12/11/08 as a Chicago Bear and 60 yards in the 2011 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore on 1/15/12. That return was also on the opening kick of the game.

 

OLB BROOKS REED

·         Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack New England QB Tom Brady for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive playoff games with a sack to four. Reed and Watt are tied for the most sacks in team playoff history with 5.0 apiece.

 

DE J.J. WATT

·         Teamed with OLB Brooks Reed to sack New England QB Tom Brady for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive playoff games with a sack to four. Watt and Reed are tied for the most sacks in team playoff history with 5.0 apiece.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         FB Tyler Clutts and WR Lestar Jean made their playoff debuts in the game

 

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Antoine Caldwell, CB Roc Carmichael, ILB Cameron Collins, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, CB Stanford Routt and G Cody White.

 

·         Captains for the Texans were WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

 

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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Postgame notes: Texans 19, Bengals 13

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2013 – 11:05 pm

J.J. Watt, Connor BarwinCourtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, notes from Saturday at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs:

THE WIN

  • Improved Houston’s all-time postseason record to 2-1 overall and 2-0 at Reliant Stadium.

 

  • Advanced the Texans into the AFC Divisional Playoffs for the second consecutive season.

 

  • Improved Houston’s all-time record against Cincinnati to 5-3 overall, 2-0 in the postseason and 3-1 all-time at Reliant Stadium.

 

THE TEXANS

  • Won the time of possession battle for the first time in team postseason history and the 13th time this season overall, holding the ball for 38:49.

 

  • Scored first for the 10th time this season and for the first time in team postseason history when they took a 3-0 lead on K Shayne Graham’s 48-yard field goal in the first quarter.

 

  • Led after the first quarter for the first time in team playoff history and for the ninth time overall this year.

 

  • Led at halftime for the second time in team postseason history and for the 11th time overall this season. Houston led Cincinnati 17-10 in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff on 1/7/12.

 

  • Led after three quarters for the second time in team postseason history and for the 11th time overall this season.

 

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

  • Gained 420 yards of total offense in the game and averaged 5.5 yards per play. Over the last eight weeks of the 2012 season, Cincinnati’s defense had held its opponents to an average of 282.0 yards per game, which ranked second in the NFL over that time frame.

 

  • Outgained the Bengals 158-80 on the ground. It was the third consecutive postseason game in which the Texans outrushed their opponents. Houston improved to 3-0 all-time in postseason and 12-1 overall this season when outrushing the opposition.

 

  • Ran the ball 39 times in the game. It was the 12th game this season in which Houston ran the ball at least 30 times, and the Texans improved to 12-0 in those games. Under head coach Gary Kubiak, Houston improved to 45-5, including regular season and postseason games, when rushing at least 30 times.

 

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

  • Held Cincinnati to 198 yards of total offense, which was the fewest surrendered in team postseason history. Houston previously held Baltimore to 227 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff (1/15/12).

 

  • Held its opponent to fewer than 20 points for the second time in postseason play, limiting Cincinnati to 13 points. Houston improved to 2-0 in the postseason, 43-2 overall (including playoffs) under Head Coach Gary Kubiak, and 10-0 overall this season when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points.

 

  • Did not allow the Bengals offense to convert any of its nine third-down attempts in the game. It marked the first time since the 1989 playoffs that a team did not allow a single third-down conversion. The last team to do so was the Cincinnati Bengals against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game on 1/8/89.

 

 

 

ILB CAMERON COLLINS

  • Made his professional debut when he took the field on the opening kickoff. Collins was signed from the Texans’ practice squad on Friday, Jan. 4.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

  • Set a franchise postseason record with his ninth reception of the game. WR Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 111 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12), and RB Arian Foster matched that reception total today with eight catches for 34 yards.

 

  • Recorded the second-most receiving yards in a playoff game in team history with 91, trailing WR Andre Johnson’s 111 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12).

 

  • Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 84, including regular season and postseason games, with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

RB ARIAN FOSTER

  • Became the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his first three career playoff games. Foster finished the game with 140 yards on 32 carries. Overall, he was the eighth man in League history to run for more than 100 yards in three consecutive playoff games.

 

  • Has rushed for 425 yards through his first three playoff games, the most by any player in NFL history through his first three career postseason games. The previous three-game high was 383 yards by Jacksonville RB Fred Taylor following the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

 

  • Set the team postseason record with 32 rushing attempts, bettering his own previous high of 27 in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12).

 

  • Caught eight passes in the game, which was tied for the second-most in a game in Texans postseason history behind TE Owen Daniels’ nine catches today. WR Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 111 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/151/2).

 

  • Scored his fourth career touchdown in postseason play when he dove into the end zone from a yard away in the third quarter. Foster has scored at least one touchdown in all three of his career postseason games.

 

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

  • Connected on a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was the longest postseason field goal in his career and was also the longest in Texans history in postseason play. Graham’s previous long in the playoffs was a 35-yard kick on 1/16/11 in an AFC Divisional Playoff as a New England Patriot against the New York Jets. The previous long in Texans history was a 40-yarder by K Neil Rackers at Baltimore on 1/15/12 in an AFC Divisional Playoff.

 

  • Set a team postseason record and postseason career high with four field goals in the game. K Neil Rackers hit two field goals in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12). Graham previously kicked two field goals in the 2011 AFC Divisional Playoff vs. the New York Jets (1/16/11) as a member of the New England Patriots.

 

  • Set the franchise single-game scoring record with 13 points, topping the 12-point effort of RB Arian Foster in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Cincinnati (1/7/12).

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 99, including regular season and postseason games, with a 19-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

  • Finished the game with four receptions for 62 yards

 

CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH

  • Intercepted his second career pass in postseason play when he picked off Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton in the third quarter. Joseph also had an interception against Cincinnati in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff (1/7/12).

 

OLB BROOKS REED

  • Sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for no gain in the fourth quarter, raising his career postseason sack total to 4.5. He has recorded at least one sack in all three of his career postseason games.

 

QB MATT SCHAUB

  • Made his playoff debut as a starter. He played briefly in the 2005 NFC Championship Game with the Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia (1/23/05) but did not record any statistics.

 

  • Set franchise postseason single-game records for most completions (29), attempts (38) and yards (262). The previous marks were 17 completions, 35 attempts and 184 yards by T.J. Yates at Baltimore in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff (1/15/12).

 

DE J.J. WATT

  • Sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, raising his career postseason sack total to 4.5. Watt has recorded at least one sack in all three of his career postseason games.

 

  • Led the team with five tackles, all of which were solo stops, and recorded two tackles for loss and two passes defensed.

 

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

  • Total paid attendance was a franchise-record 71,738. The previous high was 71,725 in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Cincinnati (1/7/12).

 

  • The following players made their playoff debuts in the game: G Brandon Brooks, DE Jared Crick, TE Garrett Graham, CB Brandon Harris, T Ryan Harris, G Ben Jones, P Donnie Jones, WR Keshawn Martin, OLB Whitney Mercilus, S Eddie Pleasant and WR DeVier Posey.

 

  • Inactive players for the Texans were G Antoine Caldwell, CB Roc Carmichael, FB Tyler Clutts, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, CB Stanford Routt and G Cody White.

 

  • Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

 

  • The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

 


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Halftime notes: Texans 9, Bengals 7

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2013 – 5:00 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, notes from halftime at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans lead the Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored first for the 10th time this season and for the first time in team postseason history when they took a 3-0 lead on K Shayne Graham’s 48-yard field goal in the first quarter.

·         Led after the first quarter for the first time in team playoff history and for the ninth time overall this year.

·         Led at halftime for the second time in team postseason history and for the 11th time overall this season. Houston led Cincinnati 17-10 in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff on 1/7/12.

ILB CAMERON COLLINS

·         Made his professional debut when he took the field on the opening kickoff. Collins was signed from the Texans’ practice squad on Friday, Jan. 4.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 84, including regular season and postseason games, with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Caught seven passes for 73 yards in the first half. His six receptions are the second-most in a game in Texans postseason history, trailing WR Andre Johnson’s eight catches in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12).

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Connected on a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was the longest postseason field goal in his career and was also the longest in Texans history in postseason play. Graham’s previous long in the playoffs was a 35-yard kick on 1/16/11 in an AFC Divisional Playoff as a New England Patriot against the New York Jets. The previous long in Texans history was a 40-yarder by K Neil Rackers at Baltimore on 1/15/12 in an AFC Divisional Playoff.

·         Set a team postseason record and postseason career high with his third field goal of the game, a 22-yard kick in the second quarter. K Neil Rackers hit two field goals in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12). Graham previously kicked two field goals in the 2011 AFC Divisional Playoff vs. the New York Jets (1/16/11) as a member of the New England Patriots.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 99, including regular season and postseason games, with a 19-yard catch in the first quarter.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Made his playoff debut as a starter. He played briefly in the 2005 NFC Championship Game with the Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia (1/23/05) but did not record any statistics.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, raising his career postseason sack total to 4.5. Watt has recorded at least one sack in all three of his career postseason games.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         The following players made their playoff debuts in the game: G Brandon Brooks, DE Jared Crick, TE Garrett Graham, CB Brandon Harris, T Ryan Harris, G Ben Jones, P Donnie Jones, WR Keshawn Martin, OLB Whitney Mercilus, S Eddie Pleasant and WR DeVier Posey.

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Antoine Caldwell, CB Roc Carmichael, FB Tyler Clutts, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, CB Stanford Routt and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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First-quarter notes: Texans 3, Bengals 0

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2013 – 4:26 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans lead the Cincinnati Bengals 3-0 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored first for the 10th time this season and for the first time in team postseason history when they took a 3-0 lead on K Shayne Graham’s 48-yard field goal in the first quarter.

·         Led after the first quarter for the first time in team playoff history and for the ninth time overall this year.

ILB CAMERON COLLINS

·         Made his professional debut when he took the field on the opening kickoff. Collins was signed from the Texans’ practice squad on Friday, Jan. 4.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 84, including regular season and postseason games, with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Connected on a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was the longest postseason field goal in his career and was also the longest in Texans history in postseason play. Graham’s previous long in the playoffs was a 35-yard kick on 1/16/11 in an AFC Divisional Playoff as a New England Patriot against the New York Jets. The previous long in Texans history was a 40-yarder by K Neil Rackers at Baltimore on 1/15/12 in an AFC Divisional Playoff.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 99, including regular season and postseason games, with a 19-yard catch in the first quarter.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Made his playoff debut as a starter. He played briefly in the 2005 NFC Championship Game with the Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia (1/23/05) but did not record any statistics.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, raising his career postseason sack total to 4.5. Watt has recorded at least one sack in all three of his career postseason games.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         The following players made their playoff debuts in the game: G Brandon Brooks, DE Jared Crick, TE Garrett Graham, CB Brandon Harris, T Ryan Harris, G Ben Jones, P Donnie Jones, WR Keshawn Martin, S Eddie Pleasant and WR DeVier Posey.

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Antoine Caldwell, CB Roc Carmichael, FB Tyler Clutts, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, CB Stanford Routt and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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Off the Turf with Scurf: Chris Myers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 4, 2013 – 6:02 pm

Chris MyersEpisode 18 of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my semi-weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans center Chris Myers.

Myers, an eighth-year veteran, has started all 80 games since joining the Texans in a trade from the Denver Broncos in 2008. The two-time team captain was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl this season. In the podcast, he discusses the Texans are looking forward to the playoffs despite their 1-3 finish to the season; the perspective he gained from playing on a 13-3 Denver Broncos team that lost in the AFC Championship Game as a rookie in 2005; how the Texans dubbed this Monday “Swagga Back Monday”; the team’s renewed energy level and focus in practice this week; the playoff atmosphere at Reliant Stadium for the Wild Card game vs. Cincinnati last year; his teammates Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt; defensive tackle Geno Atkins and the rest of the Bengals’ defense; the recent criticism befalling Texans quarterback Matt Schaub; the Texans’ offensive line rotations at right guard and right tackle; being named to the Pro Bowl last week along with Texans left guard Wade Smith and left tackle Duane Brown; and his wife, Jenny, and their two daughters, Makenna, 3, and Caylin, 1..

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode 1 (6/2): J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode 2 (6/9): Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode 3 (6/18): Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode 4 (6/23): Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode 5 (6/30): Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode 6 (7/24): James Casey
Episode 7 (8/4): Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer
Episode 8 (8/10): Justin Forsett, Chick Harris
Episode 9 (8/17): Bradie James
Episode 10 (9/8): Andre Johnson
Episode 11 (9/15): T.J. Yates
Episode 12 (9/22): Derek Newton
Episode 13 (9/29): Antonio Smith (Video: Smith on start of career)
Episode 14 (10/20): Bryan Braman (Video: Braman on special teams)
Episode 15 (11/3): Owen Daniels (Video: Daniels on TD celebration)
Episode 16 (11/10): Danieal Manning
Episode 17 (12/10): Darryl Sharpton
Episode 18 (1/4/13): Chris Myers


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Tracking Andre Johnson on the all-time receiving lists

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 2, 2013 – 6:13 pm

Andre JohnsonTexans wide receiver Andre Johnson made a significant climb up the all-time receptions and receiving yardage charts in his 10th NFL season.

Playing in all 16 games for the first time since 2009, Johnson, 31, ranked sixth in the NFL with 112 catches and second with a career-high 1,598 receiving yards. He now ranks 22nd in NFL history in receptions (818) and 27th in receiving yards (11,254). The six-time Pro Bowler ranked 34th in catches (706) and 39th in yards (9,656) before the season.

This was Johnson’s fourth 100-catch season, tied for second-most in NFL history, and third 1,500-yard season, tied for first in NFL history with Marvin Harrison.

MOST RECEPTIONS, NFL HISTORY
Rk Player (Years) Rec.
15 Keenan McCardell 1992-2007 (16) 883
16 Jimmy Smith 1992-2005 (12) 862
17 Mushin Muhammad 1996-2009 (14) 860
18 Irving Fryar 1984-2000 (17) 851
19 Rod Smith 1995-2006 (12) 849
20 Larry Centers 1990-2003 (14) 827
21 Steve Largent 1976-89 (14) 819
22 Andre Johnson* 2003-12 (10) 818
23 Shannon Sharpe 1990-03 (14) 815
24t Henry Ellard 1983-98 (16) 814
24t Keyshawn Johnson 1996-06 (11) 814
*indicates active players

Note: Johnson averages 5.93 receptions per game in his career, the highest average in NFL history (minimum 500 receptions). This season, he became the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 800 receptions, doing so in his 137th career game (Week 16 vs. Minnesota). Only Harrison did it faster (131 games).

MOST RECEIVING YARDS, NFL HISTORY
Rk Player (Years) Yds.
20 Derrick Mason 1997-2011 (15) 12,061
21 Michael Irvin 1988-99 (12) 11,904
22 Don Maynard 1958-73 (15) 11,834
23 Steve Smith* 2001-12 (12) 11,452
24 Mushin Muhammad 1996-2009 (14) 11,438
25 Rod Smith 1995-2006 (12) 11,389
26 Keenan McCardell 1992-2007 (16) 11,373
27 Andre Johnson* 2003-12 (10) 11,254
28 Chad Johnson 2001-11 (11) 11,059
29 Joey Galloway 1995-10 (16) 10,950
30 Gary Clark 1985-95 (11) 10,856
*indicates active players

Note: Johnson averages 81.6 receiving yards per game in his career, which is the highest in NFL history (minimum 100 games). This season, he became the sixth-fastest player to reach 10,000 yards, doing so in his 128th career game (Week 6 vs. Green Bay, 2012) and the third-fastest to reach 11,000, doing so in his 136 game (Week 15 vs. Indianapolis).


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