2008 Houston Texans season

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2008 Houston Texans season
Head coach Gary Kubiak
Home field Reliant Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd AFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers 3
Timeline
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The 2008 Houston Texans season was the seventh season for the team in the National Football League. Though the Texans lost their first four games of the season, they rallied and won five of their last six games, to finish with an 8–8 record for the second consecutive year.

The 2008 season also marked the Texans' first appearance on Monday Night Football.

Offseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Head coach Gary Kubiak entered his third year with the Texans. Alex Gibbs, who implemented his successful zone blocking scheme with the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons joined the staff as the assistant head coach, replacing Mike Sherman, who left to become the head coach at Texas A&M. Kyle Shanahan, son of Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, took over as the offensive coordinator in place of Sherman.

Player additions/subtractions[edit]

Additions:

Subtractions:

Draft[edit]

Round/Pick Player Position College
1/26 (from Baltimore) Duane Brown Offensive tackle Virginia Tech
3/79 Antwaun Molden Cornerback Western Kentucky
3/89 (from Baltimore) Steve Slaton Running back West Virginia
4/118 Xavier Adibi Linebacker Virginia Tech
5/151 Frank Okam Defensive tackle Texas
6/173 (from Baltimore) Dominique Barber Safety Minnesota
7/223 Alex Brink Quarterback Washington State

The Texans had seven selections in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Texans originally had five before the draft after having traded their second round selection to the Atlanta Falcons to land quarterback Matt Schaub and their sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for center Chris Myers. The Texans traded their first-round pick with the Baltimore Ravens for their third and sixth-round selections along with their first-round pick.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2008 Houston Texans staff
Front office
  • Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Bob McNair
  • Vice Chairman – Philip Burguières
  • Vice Chairman – D. Cal McNair
  • General Manager – Rick Smith
  • President – Jamey Rootes
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Brian Gardner
  • Associate Director of Pro Personnel – Bobby Grier
  • Director of College Scouting – Dale Strahm
  • Coordinator of College Scouting – Mike Maccagnan

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Joe Marciano
  • Special Teams Assistant – Richard Hightower

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dan Riley
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ray Wright

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Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Match Report
1 August 9, 2008 Denver Broncos W 19–16 Reliant Stadium 1–0 Recap
2 August 16, 2008 at New Orleans Saints W 31–27 Louisiana Superdome 2–0 Recap
3 August 22, 2008 at Dallas Cowboys L 22–23 Texas Stadium 2–1 Recap
4 August 28, 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 6–16 Reliant Stadium 2–2 Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Match Report
1 September 7, 2008 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–17 Heinz Field 0–1 Recap
2 Bye due to Hurricane Ike
3 September 21, 2008 at Tennessee Titans L 31–12 LP Field 0–2 Recap
4 September 28, 2008 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 30–27 OT Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 0–3 Recap
5 October 5, 2008 Indianapolis Colts L 31–27 Reliant Stadium 0–4 Recap
6 October 12, 2008 Miami Dolphins W 29–28 Reliant Stadium 1–4 Recap
7 October 19, 2008 Detroit Lions W 28–21 Reliant Stadium 2–4 Recap
8 October 26, 2008 Cincinnati Bengals W 35–6 Reliant Stadium 3–4 Recap
9 November 2, 2008 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–21 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 3–5 Recap
10 November 9, 2008 Baltimore Ravens** L 41–13 Reliant Stadium 3–6 Recap
11 November 16, 2008 at Indianapolis Colts L 33–27 Lucas Oil Stadium 3–7 Recap
12 November 23, 2008 at Cleveland Browns W 16–6 Cleveland Browns Stadium 4–7 Recap
13 December 1, 2008 Jacksonville Jaguars* W 30–17 Reliant Stadium 5–7 Recap
14 December 7, 2008 at Green Bay Packers W 24–21 Lambeau Field 6–7 Recap
15 December 14, 2008 Tennessee Titans W 13–12 Reliant Stadium 7–7 Recap
16 December 21, 2008 at Oakland Raiders L 27–16 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 7–8 Recap
17 December 28, 2008 Chicago Bears W 31–24 Reliant Stadium 8–8 Recap

*Asterisk indicates a Monday Night Football game. ** Postponed due to Hurricane Ike. The NFL has moved the game to November 9 (Week 10), which was the Ravens' bye week, and also moved the Texans/Bengals game from November 9 to October 26 (Week 8), which was a bye week for both teams.[2]

Standings[edit]

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–3 375 234 L1
(5) Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 .750 4–2 10–2 377 298 W9
Houston Texans 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 366 394 W1
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 302 367 L2

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 3 0 14 17
Steelers 7 14 14 3 38

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Texans began their 2008 campaign on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the first quarter, Houston trailed early as Steelers RB Willie Parker got a 7-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Texans continued to trail as Parker got a 13-yard TD run, while QB Ben Roethlisberger completed a 13-yard TD pass to WR Hines Ward. Houston would end the half with kicker Kris Brown getting a 34-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Texans continued to trail as Parker got a 4-yard TD run, while Roethlisberger and Ward hooked up with each other again on a 16-yard TD pass. In the fourth quarter, Houston replied with QB Matt Schaub completing a 14-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter. Pittsburgh would respond with kicker Jeff Reed nailing a 44-yard field goal. The Texans would close out the game with Schaub getting a 4-yard TD run.

With the loss, Houston began its season at 0–1.

Week 2: Bye Week[edit]

The Texans were originally scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2, but due to structural damage to Reliant Stadium by Hurricane Ike, the game was postponed until Week 10. This allowed both Houston and Baltimore to take their bye week.

Week 3: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 6 6 0 0 12
Titans 7 14 3 7 31

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Coming off their unexpected bye week, the Texans flew to LP Field for a Week 3 AFC South duel with the Tennessee Titans. In the first quarter, Houston struck first with kicker Kris Brown getting a 44-yard field goal. The Titans responded with RB LenDale White getting a 2-yard TD run. The Texans answered with Brown kicking a 24-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Tennessee increased its lead with QB Kerry Collins completing a 9-yard TD pass to TE Bo Scaife. The Texans would answer with rookie RB Steve Slaton getting a 6-yard TD run (with a failed PAT). The Titans closed out the first half with White's 1-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, Tennessee added onto its lead with kicker Rob Bironas nailing a 44-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Titans sealed the win with CB Cortland Finnegan returning an interception 99 yards for a touchdown.

With the loss, Houston fell to 0–2.

Week 4: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Texans 3 7 7 10 0 27
Jaguars 7 3 7 10 3 30

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Still searching for their first win of the year, the Texans flew to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a Week 4 AFC South duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Houston trailed early as Jaguars FB Montell Owens took a fake punt and ran 41 yards for a touchdown. The Texans got on the board with kicker Kris Brown getting a 27-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Houston took the lead as QB Matt Schaub completed a 30-yard TD pass to rookie RB Steve Slaton. Jacksonville ended the half with kicker Josh Scobee getting a 46-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Jaguars retook the lead with QB David Garrard completing a 16-yard TD pass to WR Matt Jones. The Texans would tie the game with Schaub completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter. In the fourth quarter, Jacksonville responded with Scobee's 40-yard field goal. Houston would retake the lead with Schaub hooking up with Walter again on an 8-yard TD pass. However, the Jaguars got the lead again as Garrard got a 5-yard TD run. The Texans would tie game on Brown's 47-yard field goal. However, in overtime, Jacksonville sealed Houston's fate as Scobee nailed the game-winning 37-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Texans fell to 0–3.

Week 5: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 10 0 0 21 31
Texans 0 17 3 7 27

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Hoping to rebound from their divisional road loss to the Jaguars, the Texans finally got to play their home opener as they played a Week 5 AFC South duel with the Indianapolis Colts. Due to an illness, QB Matt Schaub was unable to play, allowing backup QB Sage Rosenfels to get the start.

In the first quarter, Houston trailed early as Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri got a 46-yard field goal, along with RB Joseph Addai getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Texans responded with rookie RB Steve Slaton getting a 1-yard TD run, kicker Kris Brown getting a 37-yard field goal, and Rosenfels completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson. In the third quarter, Houston increased its lead with Brown nailing a 43-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Texans continued its run with Slaton getting a 1-yard TD run, expanding their lead to 17 points. What followed would go down into NFL history books, as Sage Rosenfels fumbled twice and threw two interceptions to blow the biggest lead inside of 5 minutes in NFL history. The key play was known as the 'Rosencopter' play, when on third-and-eight, Rosenfels opted to try to hurdle a defender rather than sliding short of the first down. Gary Brackett recovered the fumble for a 58-yard touchdown, and Rosenfels was never the same afterwards, turning the ball over twice more. With the loss, Houston fell to 0–4.

Week 6: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 7 7 7 28
Texans 3 10 7 9 29

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Coming off a heartbreaking home loss to the Colts, the Texans stayed at home for a Week 6 duel with the Miami Dolphins. In the first quarter, Houston trailed early as Dolphins QB Chad Pennington completed a 53-yard TD pass to RB Patrick Cobbs. The Texans would respond with kicker Kris Brown getting a 27-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Miami added onto its lead as Pennington completed an 80-yard TD pass to Cobbs. Houston would answer with Brown kicking a 33-yard field goal and WR Jacoby Jones returning a punt 70 yards for a touchdown.

In the third quarter, the Texans took the lead with QB Matt Schaub completing a 12-yar TD pass to WR Andre Johnson, but the Dolphins replied with RB Ricky Williams getting a 5-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Houston regained the lead as Brown got a 42-yard field goal, yet Miami struck back RB Ronnie Brown got a 6-yard TD run. Fortunately, the Texans got the last laugh as Schaub got the game-winning 3-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion).

With the wild win, Houston improved to 1–4.

Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 7 11 21
Texans 14 7 7 0 28

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Coming off their last-second win over the Dolphins, the Texans continued their home stand with a Week 7 interconference duel with the winless Detroit Lions. In the first quarter, Houston drew first blood as QB Matt Schaub completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Owen Daniels, along with RB Ahman Green getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Texans increased their lead as rookie RB Steve Slaton got a 1-yard TD run. The Lions would respond with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 54-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Detroit tried to catch up as RB Kevin Smith got a 26-yard TD run. Houston would answer with Schaub hooking up with Daniels again on a 1-yard TD pass. In the fourth quarter, the Lions tried to rally as QB Dan Orlovsky completed a 96-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson, along with Hanson nailing a 54-yard field goal. Fortunately, the Texans' defense stiffened for the victory.

With the win, Houston improved to 2–4.

Week 8: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 3 0 0 6
Texans 7 7 14 7 35

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Coming off their win over the Lions, the Texans closed out their four-game home stand against the winless Cincinnati Bengals. In the first quarter, Houston drew first blood as WR Jacoby Jones returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown. The Bengals responded with kicker Shayne Graham getting a 43-yard field goal. The Texans increased their lead as QB Matt Schaub completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR David Anderson. Cincinnati would close out the half as Graham nailed a 32-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Houston began to pull away as Schaub completed a 7-yard and a 39-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter. In the fourth quarter, the Texans closed out their home stand in style with rookie RB Steve Slaton getting a 20-yard TD run.

With the win, not only did Houston improve to 3–4, but they won three straight games for the first time in franchise history.

Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 0 7 7 21
Vikings 7 14 0 7 28

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming off their home win over the Bengals, the Texans flew to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for a Week 9 interconference duel with the Minnesota Vikings. In the first quarter, Houston trailed early as Vikings RB Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard TD run. The Texans responded with CB Jacques Reeves returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Minnesota answered with QB Gus Frerotte completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice and a 49-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian.

In the third quarter, Houston tried to rally as QB Sage Rosenfels completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR David Anderson. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings replied with Frerotte completing a 25-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. The Texans tried to come back as Rosenfels completed a 14-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson. However, the Vikings' defense stiffened for the win.

With the loss, Houston fell to 3–5.

QB Matt Schaub (21/29 for 224 yards and 1 interception), who started the game, left after the first half with a sprained left knee.

Week 10: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 5 7 22 41
Texans 0 6 7 0 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Vikings, the Texans went home for a Week 10 duel with the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams were supposed to play each other in Week 2, but Hurricane Ike forced them to reschedule their game to this week.

With QB Matt Schaub out with an injury, back-up QB Sage Rosenfels was given the start.

In the first quarter, Houston trailed early as Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed a 43-yard TD pass to WR Yamon Figurs. In the second quarter, the Texans responded with kicker Kris Brown getting a 23-yard field goal. Baltimore would answer on a Houston blunder, as rookie OT Duane Brown committed a holding penalty in his own endzone, giving the Ravens a safety. Baltimore added onto their lead as kicker Steven Hauschka got a 54-yard field goal. The Texans closed out the half with Brown nailing a 48-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Ravens increased their lead as RB Willis McGahee got a 1-yard TD run. Houston responded as Rosenfels completed a 60-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter. However, in the fourth quarter, Baltimore greatly pulled away as Flacco completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE Todd Heap (with a 2-point conversion pass to WR Derrick Mason), QB Troy Smith completed a 14-yard TD pass to Heap, and McGahee getting a 4-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Texans fell to 3–6.

Week 11: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 6 7 7 7 27
Colts 3 6 14 10 33

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Trying to snap a two-game losing streak and avenge their Week 5 collapse, the Texans flew to Lucas Oil Stadium for a Week 11 AFC South rematch with the Indianapolis Colts. In the first quarter, Houston struck first as kicker Kris Brown got a 28-yard field goal. The Colts responded with kicker Adam Vinatieri getting a 40-yard field goal. The Texans would answer with Brown making a 34-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Indianapolis tied the game with Vinatieri getting a 39-yard field goal. Houston replied with RB Ahman Green getting a 1-yard TD run. The Colts closed out the half with Vinatieri making a 32-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Indianapolis got the lead as QB Peyton Manning completed a 23-yard TD pass to RB Joseph Addai. The Texans regained the lead as rookie RB Steve Slaton getting a 71-yard TD run. The Colts would answer with Addai getting a 7-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Indianapolis increased their lead as Manning completed a 10-yard TD pass to WR Marvin Harrison. Houston tried to come back as Green got a 2-yard TD run, but the Colts pulled away as Vinatieri nailed a 31-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Texans fell to 3–7.

Week 12: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 6 3 0 16
Browns 0 6 0 0 6

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Trying to snap a three-game losing streak, the Texans flew to Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Week 12 duel with the Cleveland Browns. In the first quarter, Houston drew first blood as QB Sage Rosenfels completed a 17-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter. In the second quarter, the Texans increased their lead as kicker Kris Brown got a 31-yard field goal. The Browns would respond with kicker Phil Dawson getting a pair of 32-yard field goals. Houston would end the half with Brown making a 31-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Texans continued their dominance as Brown nailed a 36-yard field goal. From there on out, Houston's defense kept Cleveland's offense in check.

With the win, not only did the Texans improve to 4–7, but they finally got their first road win of the season.

Week 13: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 0 3 14 17
Texans 10 0 6 14 30

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Coming off their road win over the Browns, the Texans went home, donned their alternate uniforms, and played in their very first Monday Night Football game in franchise history, as they played a Week 13 AFC South rematch with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the first quarter, Houston drew first blood as QB Sage Rosenfels completed a 31-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson, while kicker Kris Brown got a 38-yard field goal. After a scoreless second quarter, the Texans increased their lead early in the third quarter as Brown got a 50-yard field goal. The Jaguars would respond with kicker Josh Scobee getting a 29-yard field goal, yet Houston answered with Brown nailing a 20-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Houston began to pull away as rookie RB Steve Slaton got a 7-yard TD run. Jacksonville would answer with RB Fred Taylor getting a 4-yard TD run, yet the Texans immediately replied as Slaton got a 40-yard TD run. The Jaguars would close out the game with QB David Garrard completing an 18-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Williams.

With the win, Houston improved to 5–7.

This was the first time that Houston hosted a football game on Monday night in 14 years. The last Monday night game that was held in Houston was on November 21, 1994 in the Houston Astrodome when the Houston Oilers were defeated by the New York Giants 13–10.

Week 14: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 3 3 11 24
Packers 0 7 0 14 21

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

With their MNF home win over the Jaguars fresh in their minds, the Texans flew to Lambeau Field for a Week 14 interconference duel with the Green Bay Packers. Houston shot early in the first quarter as QB Matt Schaub completed a 58-yard TD pass to wide receiver Kevin Walter. The Packers would respond in the second quarter with QB Aaron Rodgers completing a 20-yard touchdown pass to TE Donald Lee, yet the Texans would close out the half with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Kris Brown.

Houston would get the third quarter's only points as Brown got a 41-yard field goal. Green Bay would answer in the fourth quarter as RB Ryan Grant got a 6-yard touchdown run, yet the Texans replied with Schaub completing an 11-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson. The Packers would tie the game as Rodgers completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Fortunately, Houston got the last laugh as Brown nailed the game-winning 40-yard field goal.

With the win, the Texans improved to 6–7.

Week 15: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 3 3 3 3 12
Texans 0 10 0 3 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

With the win, Houston improved to 7–7.

Week 16: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 6 0 3 16
Raiders 13 0 14 0 27

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Coming off their divisional upset win at home over the Titans, the Texans flew to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for a Week 16 duel with the Oakland Raiders. Houston would trail early in the first quarter as Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chaz Schilens. The Texans would respond with fullback Vonta Leach's 1-yard touchdown run. However, Oakland responded with kicker Sebastian Janikowski getting a 33-yard and a 30-yard field goal. Houston would tie the game in the second quarter as kicker Kris Brown got a 53-yard and a 24-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Raiders scored two unanswered touchdowns: wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Russell, followed by an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Texans tried to come back in the fourth quarter: Brown nailed a 40-yard field goal, but that was too little, too late.

With the loss, Houston fell to 7–8.

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 10 0 7 7 24
Texans 0 14 7 10 31

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Hoping to end their season on a high note, the Texans closed out their season at home in a Week 17 interconference duel with the Chicago Bears. Houston would trail early in the first quarter as Bears quarterback Kyle Orton completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, followed by a 37-yard field goal from kicker Robbie Gould. The Texans would respond and take the lead as quarterback Matt Schaub a 43-yard and a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson.

In the third quarter, Houston would add onto their lead as running back Ryan Moats getting a 2-yard touchdown run. Chicago would answer with Orton completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen. In the fourth quarter, the Texans would pull away as kicker Kris Brown nailed a 22-yard field goal, followed by rookie running back Steve Slaton's 2-yard touchdown run. The Bears would try to come back as Orton got a 1-yard touchdown run, yet Houston's defense would stiffen for the victory.

With the win, the Texans closed out their season at 8–8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Administration". 2008 Houston Texans Media Guide. pp. 9–50. 
  2. ^ "Damage to Reliant Stadium forces rescheduling of Texans-Ravens". ESPN.com. 2008-09-14. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 

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