Brock Osweiler found the right time to prove he deserves his big contract with the Houston Texans. The quarterback was steady Saturday in leading his team to a wild card win, 27-14 over the Oakland Raiders.
Osweiler made key plays late, including two touchdowns, to help the Texans to their first postseason win since 2012. Houston’s defense was consistent vs. the Raiders, which only score in the second half came with 4:18 to go in the game and the victory in the bag for Houston.
Houston Texan’s defense comes up big against depleted Oakland Raiders
“We’ve been doing it all season as a defense,” Jadeveon Clowney stated to ESPN. “We’ll just continue to play as a unit.”
The Texans’ defense was one of the best in the regular season and they proved they can bring the same intensity in the playoffs. Whitney Mercilus had two sacks and three tackles that resulted in Raiders’ loss.
Osweiler had 168 passing yards on 14-of-25 passes. He had a passing touchdown and another rushing TD that gave the Texans the comfortable lead late.
Rookie Connor Cook, who was shoved into the starting QB spot for the Raiders due to injuries, had 161 passing yards on 18-of-45 passes and was intercepted three times. Derek Carr, the Raiders starting QB who led the Raiders to a great regular season, is out with a broken leg.
The Texans was in control early and had the 20-7 lead at halftime. Houston led 10-0 led by their defense including an early interception of a Cook pass. Lamar Miller ran for 73 yards on 31 carries while DeAndre Hopkins had 67 receving yards on five catches with a touchdown.
The Texans will face Super Bowl favorites New England Patriots or the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round match-up.
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