2011 Houston Texans season

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2011 Houston Texans season
Head coach Gary Kubiak
Owner Bob McNair
Home field Reliant Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st AFC South
Playoff finish Won AFC Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals), 31–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 20–13
Pro Bowlers Arian Foster, RB
Johnathan Joseph, CB
Antonio Smith, DE
Chris Myers, OL
Timeline
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The 2011 Houston Texans season was the team's tenth season in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans improved on their record from the 2010 season, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 20–19 in Week 14 and clinching the AFC South. It also assured the Texans of at least one playoff game at home—the first NFL playoff game in Houston since 1993. After reaching the Divisional match against the Baltimore Ravens, the Texans suffered their maiden loss in the NFL Playoffs, losing 20–13.

Prior to the 2011 season,[1] former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Texans, replacing former coordinator Frank Bush, who was terminated by Texans owner Bob McNair.[2] The Texans defense made major improvements on defense in Phillips's first year calling Houston's defensive plays. Houston allowed the fourth-fewest points in the league in 2011 (compared to fourth most in 2010), the second-fewest yards allowed (third-most in 2010) and third-fewest yards per play (4.8, compared to 6.0, second-worst in 2010).

Offseason[edit]

2011 draft board[edit]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 11 J. J. Watt Defensive end Wisconsin
2 42 Brooks Reed Defensive line Arizona
2 60 (From Patriots) Brandon Harris Defensive back Miami
4 127 (From Bears through Redskins) Rashad Carmichael Defensive back Virginia Tech
5 144 (From Redskins) Shiloh Keo Defensive back Idaho
5 152 (From Colts through Redskins) T. J. Yates Quarterback North Carolina
7 214 Derek Newton Offensive line Arkansas State
7 254 (Mr. Irrelevant) [a] Cheta Ozougwu Defensive line Rice
^[a] Compensatory selection.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Texans' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 15 7:00 p.m. CDT New York Jets W 20–16 1–0 Reliant Stadium ESPN Recap
2 August 20 7:00 p.m. CDT New Orleans Saints W 27–14 2–0 Reliant Stadium KTRK-TV Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. CDT at San Francisco 49ers W 30–7 3–0 Candlestick Park KTRK-TV Recap
4 September 1 7:00 p.m. CDT at Minnesota Vikings L 0–28 3–1 Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome KTRK-TV Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 12:00 p.m. CDT Indianapolis Colts W 34–7 1–0 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 18 3:15 p.m. CDT at Miami Dolphins W 23–13 2–0 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 25 12:00 p.m. CDT at New Orleans Saints L 33–40 2–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap
4 October 2 12:00 p.m. CDT Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–10 3–1 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 9 12:00 p.m. CDT Oakland Raiders L 20–25 3–2 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 16 3:05 p.m. CDT at Baltimore Ravens L 14–29 3–3 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 23 12:00 p.m. CDT at Tennessee Titans W 41–7 4–3 LP Field CBS Recap
8 October 30 12:00 p.m. CDT Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–14 5–3 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 6 12:00 p.m. CST Cleveland Browns W 30–12 6–3 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. CST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 37–9 7–3 Raymond James Stadium CBS Recap
11 Bye
12 November 27 12:00 p.m. CST at Jacksonville Jaguars W 20–13 8–3 EverBank Field CBS Recap
13 December 4 12:00 p.m. CST Atlanta Falcons W 17–10 9–3 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 11 12:00 p.m. CST at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–19 10–3 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 18 12:00 p.m. CST Carolina Panthers L 13–28 10–4 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 22 7:20 p.m. CST at Indianapolis Colts L 16–19 10–5 Lucas Oil Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
17 January 1 12:00 p.m. CST Tennessee Titans L 22–23 10–6 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap

LEGEND:

^[a] The game was simulcast locally on KIAH.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week One: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 0 7 7
Texans 17 17 0 0 34

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 25-yard Field Goal, Texans 3–0
  • HOU – Derrick Ward 1-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 10–0
  • HOU – Ben Tate 2-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 17–0
Second quarter
  • HOU – Andre Johnson 4-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 24–0
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 29-yard Field Goal, Texans 27–0
  • HOU – Jacoby Jones 79-yard punt return (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 34–0
Third quarter

No Scoring

Fourth quarter
  • IND – Reggie Wayne 6-yard pass from Kerry Collins (Adam Vinateri kick), Texans 34–7
Top passers
Top rushers
  • IND – Joseph Addai 8 Rushes 39 Yds. 4.9 Avg 13 Lng. 0 TD
  • HOU – Ben Tate 24 Rushes 116 Yds. 4.8 Avg 18 Lng. 1 TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Texans began their season at home against the AFC South division foes, Colts. With the win, the Texans started the season out at 1–0.

Week 2: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Two: Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 6 10 0 7 23
Dolphins 3 0 7 3 13

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 87°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 51,032
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 23-yard Field Goal, Texans 3–0
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 22-yard Field Goal, Texans 6–0
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 42-yard Field Goal, Texans 6–3
Second quarter
  • HOU – Owen Daniels 4 pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 13–3
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 36-yard Field Goal, Texans 16–3
Third quarter
  • MIA – Brandon Marshall 12-yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick), Texans 16–10
Fourth quarter
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 34-yard Field Goal, Texans 16–13
  • HOU – Andre Johnson 23-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 23–13
Top passers
  • HOU – M.Schaub 21/29 Comp/Att 230 Yds. 2 TD 0 Int.
  • MIA – C.Henne 12/30 Comp/Att 170 Yds. 1 TD 1 Int.
Top rushers
  • HOU – B.Tate 23 Rushes 103 Yds. 4.5 Avg 16 Lng. 0 TD
  • MIA – D.Thomas 18 Rushes 107 Yds. 5.9 Avg 14 Lng. 0 TD
Top receivers
  • HOU – A.Johnson 7 Rec. 93 Yds. 13.3 Avg 43 Lng. 1 TD
  • MIA – B.Marshall 6 Rec. 79 Yds. 13.2 Avg 29 Lng. 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • HOU – B.Cushing 7 Tack 3 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR
  • MIA – R.Starks 6 Tack 0 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR

The Texans went on the road to face the Dolphins. With the win, the Texans improved to 2–0.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Three: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 10 6 3 14 33
Saints 0 10 7 23 40

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,002
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Owen Daniels 14-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick) Texans 7–0
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 22-yard field goal is good Texans 10–0
Second quarter
  • NO – Darren Sproles 30-yard run (John Kasey kick) Saints 7–10
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 27-yard field goal is good Texans 13–7
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 27-yard field goal is good Texans 16–7
  • NO – John Kasay 35-yard field goal is good Saints 10–16
Third quarter
  • NO – Robert Meachem 2-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick) Saints 17–16
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 36-yard field goal is good Texans 19–17
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – James Casey 26-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 26–17
  • NO – Jimmy Graham 27-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), Texans 26–24
  • NO – Lance Moore 16-yard pass from Drew Brees (Lance Moore pass from Drew Brees), Saints 32–26
  • HOU – Kevin Walter 20-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 33–32
  • NO – Mark Ingram 13-yard run (Lance Moore pass from Drew Brees), Saints 40–33
Top passers
  • HOU – M.Schaub 22/39 Comp/Att 373 Yds. 3 TD 1 Int.
  • NO – D.Brees 31/44 Comp/Att 370 Yds. 3 TD 1 Int.
Top rushers
  • HOU – B.Tate 19 Rushes 82 Yds. 4.3 Avg 19 Lng. 0 TD
  • NO – M.Ingram 9 Rushes 38 Yds. 4.2 Avg 17 Lng. 1 TD
Top receivers
  • HOU – A.Johnson 7 Rec. 128 Yds. 18.3 Avg 48 Lng. 0 TD
  • NO – J.Graham 4 Rec. 100 Yds. 25.0 Avg 32 Lng. 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • HOU – K.Jackson 7 Tack 1 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR
  • NO – J.Dunbar 6 Tack 4 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR

With the loss, the Texans fell to 2–1.

Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Four: Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 3 10
Texans 7 3 0 7 17

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,585
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Owen Daniels 1-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick) Texans 7–0
Second quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 25-yard field goal is good Texans 10–0
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 26-yard field goal is good Steelers 10–10
  • HOU – Arian Foster 42-yard run (Neil Rackers kick) Texans 17–10
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Texans improved to 3–1.

Week 5: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Five: Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 9 3 10 25
Texans 7 7 3 3 20

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,420
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Kevin Walter 5-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 7–0
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 54-yard Field Goal, Texans 7–3
Second quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 55-yard Field Goal, Texans 7–6
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen 56 yard Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 14–6
  • OAK – Darrius Heyward-Bay 34-yard pass from Jason Campbell (Pass Failed), Texans 14–12
Third quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 50-yard Field Goal, Raiders 15–14
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 54-yard Field Goal, Texans 17–15
Fourth quarter
  • OAK – Chaz Schilens 18-yard pass from Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 22–17
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 42-yard Field Goal, Raiders 25–17
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 40-yard Field Goal, Raiders 25–20
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Texans fell to 3–2 and they lost both their second game and first home game against the Raiders.

Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Six: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 7 7 0 14
Ravens 7 3 6 13 29

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT/3:05 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 72°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 71,154
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
  • BAL – Joe Flacco 1-yard run (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 7–0
Second quarter
  • HOU – Wade Smith fumble recovery in the end zone (Neil Rackers kick), Tied 7–7
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 43-yard Field Goal, Ravens 10–7
Third quarter
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 48-yard Field Goal, Ravens 13–7
  • HOU – Jacoby Jones 32-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 14–13
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 25-yard Field Goal, Ravens 16–14
Fourth quarter
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 33-yard Field Goal, Ravens 19–14
  • BAL – Ricky Williams 4-yard run (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 26–14
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 40-yard Field Goal, Ravens 29–14
Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 21/37, 220 yards, 1 touchdown
  • BAL – Joe Flacco – 20/33, 305 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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

Week 7: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Seven: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 17 7 14 41
Titans 0 0 7 0 7

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 32 yd. Field Goal, Texans 3–0
Second quarter
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen 10 yd. pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 10–0
  • HOU – Arian Foster 78 yd. pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 17–0
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 29 yd. Field Goal, Texans 20–0
Third quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1 yd. run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 27–0
  • TEN – Jared Cook 5 yd. pass from Matt Hasselback (Rob Bironas kick), Texans 27–7
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 5 yd. run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 34–7
  • HOU – Brice McCain 38 yd. interception return (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 41–7
Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 18/23, 296 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • TEN – Matt Hasselbeck – 14/30, 104 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 5 receptions, 118 yards
  • TEN – Chris Johnson – 6 receptions, 27 yards
Top tacklers

With the win, the Texans improved to 4–3.

Week 8: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Eight: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 7 0 7 14
Texans 7 0 7 10 24

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 68°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 71,412
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Matt Schaub 2-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 7–0
Second quarter
  • JAC – Jason Hill 5-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert (Josh Scobee kick), Tied 7–7
Third quarter
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen 7-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 14–7
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 4-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 21–7
  • JAC – Maurice Jones-Drew 2-yard run (Josh Scobee kick), Texans 21–14
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 39-yard Field Goal, Texans 24–14
Top passers
  • JAC – Blaine Gabbert – 10/30, 97 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 16/30, 225 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
  • JAC – Maurice Jones-Drew – 18 carries, 63 yards, 1 touchdown
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 33 carries, 112 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • JAC – Marcedes Lewis – 4 receptions, 45 yards
  • HOU – Kevin Walter – 5 receptions, 70 yards
Top tacklers
  • JAC – Dawan Landry – 9 tackles, 2 assists
  • HOU – Brian Cushing – 3 tackles, 4 assists

With the win, the Texans improved to 5–3.

Week 9: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Nine: Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 3 6 12
Texans 14 10 3 3 30

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,511
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Ben Tate 27-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 7–0
  • HOU – Matt Schaub 2-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 14–0
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 50-yard Field Goal, Texans 14–3
Second quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 19-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 21–3
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 28-yard Field Goal, Texans 24–3
Third quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 21-yard Field Goal, Texans 27–3
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 51-yard Field Goal, Texans 27–6
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 50-yard Field Goal, Texans 30–6
  • CLE – Joshua Cribbs 2-yard pass from Colt McCoy (Pass Failed), Texans 30–12
Top passers
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 14/22, 146 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 14/23, 119 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • CLE – Chris Ogbonnaya – 13 carries, 28 yards
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 19 carries, 124 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • CLE – Joshua Cribbs – 5 receptions, 50 yards, 1 touchdown
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 5 receptions, 26 yards
Top tacklers
  • CLE – Scott Fujita – 7 tackles, 2 assists
  • HOU – Brian Cushing – 4 tackles, 3 assists

With the win, the Texans improved to 6–3.

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Ten: Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 9 7 14 7 37
Buccaneers 0 3 0 6 9

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 77°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 56,037
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Jacoby Jones 80 yd. pass from Matt Schaub ( kick blocked), Texans 6–0
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 22 yd. Field Goal, Texans 9–0
Second quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 78 yd. pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 16–0
  • TB – Connor Barth 55 yd. Field Goal, Texans 16–3
Third quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 5 yd. run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 23–3
  • HOU – Ben Tate 4 yd. run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 30–3
Fourth quarter
  • TB – Preston Parker 9 yd. pass from Josh Freeman (Pass Failed), Texans 30–9

'*HOU – Ben Tate 11 yd. run (Neil Rackers run), Texans 37–9

Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 11/15, 242 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
  • TB – Josh Freeman – 15/33, 170 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Texans went on their bye week 7–3.

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Twelve: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 13 0 0 20
Jaguars 7 3 0 3 13

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 75°F (10% chance of rain)
  • Game attendance: 62,004
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
  • JAC – Ashton Youboty 38-yard fumble return (Josh Scobee kick), Jaguars 7–0
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Tied 7–7
Second quarter
  • JAC – Josh Scobee 21-yard Field Goal, Jaguars 10–7
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen 20-yard pass from Matt Leinart (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 14–10
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 53-yard Field Goal, Texans 17–10
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 33-yard Field Goal, Texans 20–10
Third quarter

No Scoring

Fourth quarter
  • JAC – Josh Scobee 35-yard Field Goal, Texans 20–13
Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Leinart – 10/13, 57 yards, 1 touchdown
  • JAC – Blanie Gabbert – 13/29, 136 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 22 carries, 65 yards, 1 touchdown
  • JAC – Maurice Jones-Drew – 18 carries, 99 yards
Top receivers
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 7 receptions, 24 yards
  • JAC – Maurice Jones-Drew – 4 receptions, 67 yards
Top tacklers
  • HOU – Connor Barwin – 7 tackles, 3 assists
  • JAC – Ashton Youboty – 8 tackles

With the win, the Texans improved to 8–3.

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 3 7 0 10
Texans 3 7 0 7 17

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 43-yard Field Goal, Texans 3–0
Second quarter
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen 3-yard pass from T.J. Yates (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 10–0
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 19-yard Field Goal, Texans 10–3
Third quarter
  • ATL – Roddy White 4-yard pass Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), Tied 10–10
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 17–10
Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 20/47, 267 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • HOU – T.J. Yates – 12/25, 188 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
  • ATL – Michael Turner – 14 carries, 44 yards
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 31 carries, 111 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • ATL – Tony Gonzalez – 7 receptions, 100 yards
  • HOU – Andre Johnson – 4 receptions, 97 yards
Top tacklers
  • ATL – Curtis Lofton – 11 tackles
  • HOU – Brian Cushing – 5 tackles, 1 assist

With the win, the Texans improved to 9–3.

Week 14: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Fourteen: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 0 7 10 20
Bengals 6 10 3 0 19

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 34°F (Clear)
  • Game attendance: 41,202
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 46 yd. Field Goal, Texans 3–0
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 22 yd. Field Goal, Tied 3–3
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 47 yd. Field Goal, Bengals 6–3
Second quarter
  • CIN – Jerome Simpson 17 yd. from Andy Dalton, Bengals 13–3
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 49 yd. Field Goal, Bengals 16–3
Third quarter
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen 6 yd. pass from T.J. Yates (Neil Rackers kick), Bengals 16–10
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 28 yd. Field Goal, Bengals 19–10
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 33 yd. Field Goal, Bengals 19–13
  • HOU – Kevin Walter 6 yd. pass from T.J. Yates (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 20–19
Top passers
  • HOU – T.J. Yates – 26/44, 300 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • CIN – Andy Dalton – 16/28, 189 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
  • HOU – Ben Tate – 8 carries, 47 yards
  • CIN – Cedric Benson – 21 carries, 91 yards
Top receivers
  • HOU – Owen Daniels – 7 receptions, 100 yards
  • CIN – A.J. Green – 5 receptions, 59 yards
Top tacklers
  • HOU –Danieal Manning – 8 tackles, 3 assists
  • CIN – Thomas Howard – 9 tackles, 3 assists

With the win, the Texans improved to 10–3.

Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 14 0 7 28
Texans 0 0 6 7 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • CAR – Steve Smith 26-yard pass from Cam Newton (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 7–0
Second quarter
  • CAR – Jeremy Shockey 9-yard pass from Cam Newton (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 14–0
  • CAR – Richie Brockel 7-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 21–0
Third quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 26-yard Field Goal, Panthers 21–3
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 34-yard Field Goal, Panthers 21–6
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1 run (Neil Rackers kick), Panthers 21–13
  • CAR – DeAngelo Williams 24-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 28–13
Top passers
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 13/23, 149 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • HOU – T.J. Yates – 19/30, 212 yards, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
  • CAR – DeAngelo Williams – 15 carries, 61 yards
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 16 carries, 109 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • CAR – Steve Smith – 5 receptions, 82 yards, 1 touchdown
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 5 receptions, 58 yards
Top tacklers
  • CAR – Jordan Senn – 12 tackles, 2 assists
  • HOU – Brian Cushing – 9 tackles, 3 assists

With the loss, the Texans fell to 10–4 and lost their first game to the Panthers.

Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Sixteen: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 10 0 3 3 16
Colts 3 3 3 10 19

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information
First quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 9-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 7–0
  • IND – Adam Vinateri 23-yard Field Goal, Texans 7–3
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 44-yard Field Goal, Texans 10–3
Second quarter
  • IND – Adam Vinareri 32-yard Field Goal, Texans 10–6
Third quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 35-yard Field Goal, Texans 13–6
  • IND – Adam Vinateri 47-yard Field Goal, Texans 13–9
Fourth quarter
  • IND – Adam Vinateri 31-yard Field Goal, Texans 13–12
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 31-yard Field Goal, Texans 16–12
  • IND – Reggie Wayne 2-yard pass from Dan Orlovsky (Adam Vinateri kick), Colts 19–16
Top passers
  • HOU – T.J. Yates – 13/16, 132 yards
  • IND – Dan Orlovsky – 23/41, 244, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 23 carries, 158 yards, 1 touchdown
  • IND – Joseph Addai – 19 carries, 59 yards
Top receivers
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen – 4 receptions, 38 yards
  • IND – Reggie Wayne – 8 receptions, 106 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • HOU – Brian Cushing – 7 tackles, 5 assists
  • IND – Antoine Bethea – 8 tackles, 1 assist

With the loss, the Texans fell to 10–5.

Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Seventeen: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 13 3 7 23
Texans 7 3 3 9 22

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,512
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee & Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TEN –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • TEN –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • TEN –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • HOU –
Jake Delhomme and the Texans line up against the Titans

With the loss, the Texans would end their season at 10–6 and the AFC's #3 seed.

Standings[edit]

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Houston Texans 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 381 278 L3
Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 325 317 W2
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 243 329 W1
Indianapolis Colts 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 243 430 L1


Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 7 3:30 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals (6) W 31–10 1–0 Reliant Stadium NBC Recap
Divisional January 15 12:00 p.m. CST at Baltimore Ravens (2) L 13–20 1–1 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap

Game summaries[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: vs. #6 Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 3 0 0 10
Texans 7 10 7 7 31

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
2nd Quarter
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 37-yard field goal, 7:09. Bengals 10–7. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 4:15
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 39-yard field goal, 1:53. Tied 10–10. Drive 13 plays, 59 yards, 5:21.
  • HOU – J. J. Watt 29-yard interception return (Neil Rackers kick), 0:59. Texans 17–10.
Third quarter
  • HOU – Andre Johnson 40-yard pass from T.J. Yates (Neil Rackers kick), 1:18. Texans 24–10. Drive: 9 plays, 83 yards, 4:37
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 42-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), 5:26. Texans 31–10. Drive: 3 plays, 45 yards, 1:46.
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –

Making their NFL postseason debut as the AFC's #3 seed, the Texans began their playoff run at home in the AFC Wild Card Round against the #6 Cincinnati Bengals, in a rematch of their Week 14 contest. Not only was this the Texans' first postseason game, it was the franchise's first game ever broadcast nationally on NBC, they were also the last NFL team to finally play on NBC, since their 2006 inception.

Houston trailed in the first quarter with Bengals running back Cedric Benson getting a 1-yard touchdown run, yet the Texans answered with an 8-yard touchdown run from running back Arian Foster. Cincinnati struck back in the second quarter with kicker Mike Nugent getting a 37-yard field goal, but Houston took the lead with a 39-yard field goal from kicker Neil Rackers, followed by rookie defensive end J.J. Watt returning an interception 29 yards for a touchdown. From there, the Texans took control with rookie quarterback T.J. Yates finding wide receiver Andre Johnson on a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter, followed by a 42-yard touchdown run by Foster in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Texans improved their overall record to 11–6.

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #2 Baltimore Ravens[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 10 0 0 13
Ravens 17 0 0 3 20

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
1st Quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 40-yard field goal, 12:24. Texans 3–0. Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 2:36
  • BAL – Kris Wilson 1-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), 9:51. Ravens 7–3. Drive: 3 plays, 2 yards, 1:21
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 48-yard field goal, 6:02. Ravens 10–3. Drive: 6 plays, 30 yards, 2:47
  • BAL – Anquan Boldin 10-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), 1:08. Ravens 17–3. Drive: 5 plays, 34 yards, 2:05
2nd Quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 33-yard field goal, 11:42. Ravens 17–6. Drive: 11 plays, 59 yards, 4:26
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), 4:48. Ravens 17–13. Drive: 12 plays, 86 yards, 5:49
3rd Quarter
  • None
4th Quarter
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 44-yard field goal, 2:52. Ravens 20–13. Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards, 4:29
Leading passers
Leading rushers
  • HOU – Arian Foster – 27 rushes, 132 yards, TD, FUM
  • BAL – Ray Rice – 21 rushes, 60 yards, FUM
Leading receivers

Staff[edit]

Houston Texans 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2011 Houston Texans roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 12 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

References[edit]

  1. ^ January 5, 2011
  2. ^ "Texans hire Phillips as defensive coordinator". January 2011.