2012 Houston Texans season

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2012 Houston Texans season
Head coach Gary Kubiak
General manager Rick Smith
Owner Bob McNair
Home field Reliant Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC South
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 19–13
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 41–28
Timeline
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The 2012 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League and the 7th under head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans improved on their 10–6 record from 2011, in which the team earned its first playoff berth and division title in franchise history. The Texans won their second consecutive AFC South division title, and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs for a second consecutive season, but were defeated by the New England Patriots in the divisional round.

2012 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 26 Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
3 68[a] DeVier Posey WR Ohio State
76[b] Brandon Brooks OG Miami (OH)
4 99[b] Ben Jones C Georgia
121 Keshawn Martin WR Michigan State
126[c] Jared Crick DT Nebraska
5 161 Randy Bullock K Texas A&M
6 195 Nick Mondek OT Purdue
Notes
^[a] From Buccaneers
^[b] The team traded linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Eagles' fourth-round selection (#99 overall; originally acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), and swapped third-round selections with the Eagles (the Texans originally held the #88 selection).
^[c] From the Patriots through the Broncos and the Buccaneers.[1]

Staff[edit]

2012 Houston Texans staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 Houston Texans final 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, 11 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Texans' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 11 6:00 p.m. CDT at Carolina Panthers W 26–13 1–0 Bank of America Stadium NFLN/KTRK Recap
2 August 18 7:00 p.m. CDT San Francisco 49ers W 20–9 2–0 Reliant Stadium KTRK Recap
3 August 25 7:00 p.m. CDT at New Orleans Saints L 27–34 2–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap
4 August 30 6:00 p.m. CDT Minnesota Vikings W 28–24 3–1 Reliant Stadium KTRK Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 12:00 p.m. CDT Miami Dolphins W 30–10 1–0 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 16 12:00 p.m. CDT at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–7 2–0 EverBank Field CBS Recap
3 September 23 3:25 p.m. CDT at Denver Broncos W 31–25 3–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap
4 September 30 12:00 p.m. CDT Tennessee Titans W 38–14 4–0 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 8 7:30 p.m. CDT at New York Jets W 23–17 5–0 MetLife Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
6 October 14 7:20 p.m. CDT Green Bay Packers L 24–42 5–1 Reliant Stadium NBC Recap
7 October 21 12:00 p.m. CDT Baltimore Ravens W 43–13 6–1 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
8 Bye
9 November 4 12:00 p.m. CST Buffalo Bills W 21–9 7–1 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 11 7:20 p.m. CST at Chicago Bears W 13–6 8–1 Soldier Field NBC Recap
11 November 18 12:00 p.m. CST Jacksonville Jaguars W 43–37 (OT) 9–1 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 22 11:30 a.m. CST at Detroit Lions W 34–31 (OT) 10–1 Ford Field CBS Recap
13 December 2 12:00 p.m. CST at Tennessee Titans W 24–10 11–1 LP Field CBS Recap
14 December 10 7:30 p.m. CST at New England Patriots L 14–42 11–2 Gillette Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
15 December 16 12:00 p.m. CST Indianapolis Colts W 29–17 12–2 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 23 12:00 p.m. CST Minnesota Vikings L 6–23 12–3 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 30 12:00 p.m. CST at Indianapolis Colts L 16–28 12–4 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates a division opponent.
^[a] Simulcast locally on KHOU.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 5, 2013 3:30 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals (6) W 19–13 1–0 Reliant Stadium NBC Recap
Divisional January 13, 2013 3:30 p.m. CST at New England Patriots (2) L 28–41 1–1 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week One: Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 0 7 0 10
Texans 0 24 3 3 30

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: September 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,566
  • Referee: Don King
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • MIA – Reggie Bush – 6 receptions, 46 yards
  • HOU – Andre Johnson – 8 receptions, 119 yards
Top tacklers

The Houston Texans began their 10th anniversary campaign with lofty expectations, with many columnists picking them to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Despite the lofty expectations, the Texans began the season rather flatly, only managing a field goal on offense against and younger, more inexperienced Dolphins team. Miami played the Texans tough throughout the first half, thanks in part to Reggie Bush's contributions on the ground. However, the game took a stunning turn after the two-minute warning of the first half as the Texans forced three Dolphin turnovers, and quickly converted them into touchdowns to stretch the lead to 24–3 before halftime. The Texans continued to ride their defense to a season opening 30–10 win over Miami. Houston improved to 7–0 all-time against the Miami Dolphins as they started their season 1–0.

Week 2: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Two: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 10 7 7 3 27
Jaguars 0 0 7 0 7

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 83 °F (28 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 62,907
  • Referee: David White
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Texans entered their first division clash of the season looking to establish their will on the ground. Behind a punishing ground attack with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, as well as an efficient defensive effort led by second year defensive lineman J.J. Watt, the Texans dominated the game with a time of possession of 43:17 on their way to a 27–7 victory in Jacksonville. With the win, the Texans improved to 2–0 for the 3rd straight season.

Week 3: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Three: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 14 10 0 31
Broncos 5 6 0 14 25

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CDT/2:25 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 84 °F (29 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 76,566
  • Referee: Jerry Frump
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Texans entered this highly anticipated early season matchup coming face-to-face once again with a familiar longtime AFC South nemesis in the form of former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who had sat out the 2011 season due to a neck injury. Now back and in Denver, Manning came into the game looking to continue his mastery over the Houston Texans franchise. However, it was Matt Schaub who took control of the game early, throwing 4 touchdown passes, and overcoming a brutal hit where he lost a chunk of his ear. Despite Peyton Manning fueling a Broncos comeback attempt in the 4th quarter, the Texans were able to hang on and defeat the Broncos by 6 points. With the win, the Texans improved to 3–0 for the first time ever. This was also their first road victory against Peyton Manning as they improved to 1–0 against Peyton in road games as a Bronco (0–9 vs. Peyton on the road as a Colt).

Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Four: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 7 0 7 14
Texans 14 0 14 10 38

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,581
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • HOU – Danieal Manning 55 yard INT TD return, Shayne Graham XP Good, 9:21 (HOU 21–7)
  • HOU – Owen Daniels 28-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, Shayne Graham XP Good, 2:47 (HOU 28–7)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Despite Chris Johnson breaking out with his first 100+ yard rushing game for the Titans this season, Tennessee was unable to contain a dynamic Texans team, who recorded two touchdowns on defense en route to blowout the former Oilers 38–14. With the win, the Texans improved to 4–0 for the first time in franchise history.

Week 5: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Five: Houston Texans at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 10 6 0 23
Jets 7 0 7 3 17

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 13-yard TD run, Shayne Graham XP Good, 11:11 (HOU 14–7)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 27-yard FG, 0:00 (HOU 17–7)
Third quarter
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 42-yard FG, 4:51 (HOU 20–7)
  • NYJ – Joe McKnight 100-yard TD kickoff return, Nick Folk XP Good, 4:38 (HOU 20–14)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 22-yard FG, 0:13 (HOU 23–14)
Fourth quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 21-yard FG, 0:15 (HOU 23–17)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Many expected the Texans to roll through the seemingly dismal Jets team in their first primetime appearance of the season. Even though the Texans never trailed in the game, the Jets kept pace throughout, thanks in large part to a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown by the Jets' Joe McKnight. The Texans were able to keep the Jets at bay just enough to earn a hard fought win on the road, and improve to 5–0, remaining one of only two teams undefeated in the NFL to this point along with the Atlanta Falcons. This was also the first time the Texans have ever defeated the New York Jets in their 11-year history, making them 1–5 against the Jets overall and improving their regular season record to 5–0.

Week 6: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Six: Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 7 7 14 42
Texans 0 10 7 7 24

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First Quarter
  • GB – Jordy Nelson 41 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 7–0)
  • GB – James Jones 6 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rogers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 14–0)
Second Quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1 Yard TD Run, (Shayne Graham XP), (GB 14–7)
  • GB – Jordy Nelson 21 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 21–7)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 51 Yard FG, 2:15 (GB 21–10)
Third Quarter
  • GB – Jordy Nelson 1 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 28–10)
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1 Yard TD Run, (Shayne Graham XP), (HOU 28–17)
Fourth Quarter
  • GB – Tom Crabtree 48 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 35–17)
  • GB – James Jones 18 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 42–17)
  • HOU – DeVier Posey Recovers Blocked Punt in End zone, (Shayne Graham XP), (GB 42–24)
Top Passers
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 24/37, 338 Yards, 6 TD
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 20/33, 232 Yards, 2 INT
Top Rushers
  • GB – Alex Green – 22 Rushes, 65 Yards
  • HOU – Justin Forsett – 7 Rushes, 47 Yards
Top Receivers
  • GB – Jordy Nelson – 9 Receptions, 121 Yards, 3 TD
  • HOU – Andre Johnson – 8 Receptions, 75 Yards
Top Tacklers
  • GB – AJ Hawk – 10 Tackles, Sack
  • HOU – Glover Quinn – 8 Tackles

The Texans came into their first ever appearance on Sunday Night Football facing playoff favorites Green Bay, who had shockingly started the season 2–3, one of those losses ending in controversy. And coming off another disappointing loss to Indianapolis the week before, the Green Bay Packers took out all of their early season frustrations out on the Texans at Reliant Stadium, and at the same time, reestablished themselves as the team to beat in the NFC. Aaron Rodgers tore up the Texans defense with 6 touchdown passes, and the Packers as the Texans dropped to 5–1 and 0–1 on Sunday Night Football.

Week 7: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Battle Red Day

Week Seven: Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 3 0 7 3 13
Texans 9 20 7 7 43

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,708
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • HOU – Johnathan Joseph 52 yard INT TD return, Shayne Graham XP Good, 14:51 (HOU 16–3)
  • HOU – Owen Daniels 1-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, Shayne Graham XP Good, 5:58 (HOU 23–3)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 33-yard FG, 1:57 (HOU 26–3)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 29-yard FG, 0:03 (HOU 29–3)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 54-yard FG, 12:23 (HOU 36–13)
  • HOU – Arian Foster 2-yard TD run, Shayne Graham XP Good, 8:48 (HOU 43–13)
Top passers
  • BAL – Joe Flacco – 21/43, 147 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 23/37, 256 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Texans had little time to think about the disappointing results the week before at home against Green Bay, as the Baltimore Ravens, the team who had eliminated them in the divisional round of the playoffs the previous year, were coming to town. The Texans rebounded from their worst performance of the year with arguably one of their best as they had limited Baltimore's revitalized offense to just 13, forcing two turnovers in an impressive win going into the bye week. It was the first time the Texans had ever defeated the Ravens in their franchise history (they had lost the previous six meetings, including the playoff matchup). Reliant Stadium set a new Texans home attendance record of 71,708 fans during the regular season. Likewise, the Ravens and Texans were the only 2 teams in the AFC who where above .500 at the point of this game. However, the Texans surprisingly won it as the team went into their bye week at 6–1 and also went 1–6 all-time against the Ravens.

Week 9: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Nine: Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 6 3 0 9
Texans 7 0 7 7 21

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,698
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 22-yard FG, 1:42 (HOU 7–3)
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 38-yard FG, 0:05 (HOU 7–6)
Third quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 3-yard TD run, Shayne Graham XP Good, 12:11 (HOU 14–6)
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 39-yard FG, 7:41 (HOU 14–9)
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Garrett Graham 5-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, Shayne Graham XP Good, 11:25 (HOU 21–9)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The game marked the anticipated return of former Texans number one draft pick Mario Williams, who had signed a multi-year $100 million contract with the Bills over the offseason, back to Reliant Stadium. While Williams performed well in his return, the Bills were unable to muster up a touchdown drive over the Texans defense as Houston improved to 7–1 with a 21–9 win. Also, the team took the all-time series to .500 with a 3–3 record against the Bills.

Week 10: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Ten: Houston Texans at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 7 0 3 13
Bears 0 3 3 0 6

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 62,410
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 24-yard FG, 1:55 (HOU 10–6)
Fourth quarter
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 42-yard FG, 4:49 (HOU 13–6)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The primetime game was played in a mix of rain and snow at Soldier Field, conditions that have typically meant trouble for teams that play their home games in warm weather or controlled environments, such as the Texans. Despite the conditions, the Texans were able to ground out a 13–6 win on the road to improve to 8–1 on the season, 3–0 overall against the Chicago Bears and 1–1 on Sunday Night Football.

Week 11: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Eleven: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jaguars 7 10 10 7 3 37
Texans 7 10 3 14 9 43

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,676
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • JAC – Cecil Shorts 67-yard TD pass from Chad Henne, Josh Scobee XP Good, 12:31 (JAC 14–7)
  • HOU – James Casey 1-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, Shayne Graham XP Good, 7:52 (Tied 14–14)
  • JAC – Josh Scobee 43-yard FG, 2:53 (JAC 17–14)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 42-yard FG, 1:12 (Tied 17–17)
Third quarter
  • JAC – Josh Scobee 40yard FG, 11:01 (JAC 20–17)
  • JAC – Mercedes Lewis 1-yard TD pass from Chad Henne, Josh Scobee XP Good, 6:52 (JAC 27–17)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 27-yard FG, 2:15 (JAC 27–20)
Fourth quarter
  • JAC – Justin Blackmon 81-yard TD pass from Chad Henne, Josh Scobee XP Good, 12:33 (JAC 34–20)
  • HOU – Garrett Graham 1-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, Shayne Graham XP Good, 5:39 (JAC 34–27)
  • HOU – Garrett Graham 5-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, Shayne Graham XP Good, 1:34 (Tied 34–34)
Overtime
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 25-yard FG, 8:10 (HOU 37–34)
  • JAC – Josh Scobee 33-yard FG, 4:21 (Tied 37–37)
  • HOU – Andre Johnson 48-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, 2:01 (HOU 43–37)
Top passers
  • JAC – Chad Henne – 16/33, 354 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 43/55, 527 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After a hard fought win in Chicago, and on the cusp of a short turnaround for a Thursday afternoon matchup in Detroit the following week, the 8–1 Texans hosted the 1–8 Jaguars at Reliant. The Texans survive an upset scare from Jacksonville thanks to a career high 527 passing yards from Matt Schaub and 275 receiving yards from Andre Johnson. Notably, the Texans become the first NFL team to score twice in an overtime period under the new overtime format.

With the win, the Texans improved to 9–1 as the team swept the Jaguars.

Week 12: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Thanksgiving Day game

Week Twelve: Houston Texans at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Texans 0 14 10 7 3 34
Lions 7 14 3 7 0 31

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,827
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • DET – Jason Hanson 46-yard FG, 7:03 (DET 24–14)
  • HOU – Justin Forsett 81-yard TD run, Shayne Graham XP good, 6:35 (DET 24–21)
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 45-yard FG, 2:36 (Tied 24–24)
Fourth quarter
  • DET – Joique Bell 23-yard TD run, Jason Hanson XP good, 13:31 (DET 31–24)
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1-yard TD run, Shayne graham XP good, 1:55 (Tied 31–31)
Overtime
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 32-yard FG, 2:21 (HOU 34–31)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After defeating the Jaguars at home in overtime, the Texans traveled to Detroit to play in their first ever Thanksgiving Day game. Many touchdowns were scored between both of the teams, but the Texans got the better edge of it when Justin Forsett ran for a controversial touchdown from deep in the Texans' territory. With their 2nd-straight overtime victory, the Texans improved to 10–1, 1–0 on Thanksgiving, and 2–1 against the Lions all-time.

Week 13: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Thirteen: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 14 7 3 0 24
Titans 3 0 7 0 10

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,143
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 2-yard TD run, Shayne Graham XP Good, 7:48 (HOU 21–3)
Third quarter
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 50-yard FG, 6:54 (HOU 24–3)
  • TEN – Kenny Britt 34-yard TD pass from Jake Locker, Rob Bironas XP good, 1:34 (HOU 24–10)
Fourth quarter
  • No scoring
Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 21/35, 207 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
  • TEN – Jake Locker – 29/45, 309 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After a grueling stretch where they endured two hard fought overtime matches over a span of 5 days, the Texans took the opportunity of a prolonged week to heal up and rest in advance of the stretch run to the playoffs. The Texans took the AFC's best record into Tennessee to face a reeling Titans team, fresh off of firing their offensive coordinator earlier in the week. The Texans staked out to an early lead and never looked back as the defense forced 6 Titans turnovers and held Titans running back Chris Johnson to 51 yards en route to a relatively stress free 24–10 victory. With the win, the Texans set a new team record for wins in a season, while improving to 11–1 and also clinched the franchise's second straight trip to the playoffs and swept the Titans for the first time since 2004.

Week 14: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Fourteen: Houston Texans at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 0 7 7 14
Patriots 14 7 7 14 42

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 10
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), rainy and warm
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (ESPN[a]): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • HOU –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • NE –

The Texans were thoroughly outplayed in what would turn out to be a preview of the Divisional Round rematch between both teams. The Texans dropped to 11–2 with the loss.

Week 15: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Fifteen: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 10 7 0 17
Texans 10 10 3 6 29

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,702
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • HOU –

With their victory over the Colts, the Texans improved to 12–2 on the season and 5–0 against division rivals, thereby securing their second AFC South title in franchise history. Because the Patriots dropped to 10–4 several hours later on the same day, the Texans can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs by winning at least one of their two remaining games by virtue of their head-to-head tiebreaker over the Broncos.

Week 16: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Sixteen: Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 6 3 7 23
Texans 3 0 3 0 6

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIN –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • MIN –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • MIN –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • MIN –
  • HOU –

With the loss in their regular season home finale, the Texans dropped to 12–3 on the season and 6–2 at home, finishing 0–2 at home against NFC North teams. Houston remains winless (0–3) against the Minnesota Vikings in franchise history.

Week 17: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Seventeen: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 3 10 0 16
Colts 7 7 7 7 28

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 66,957
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • IND –

Hoping to rebound from a tough loss, the Texans traveled to Indianapolis for game 2 against the Andrew Luck-led Colts. However, the Texans lost this game and finished 12–4 for the season and 0–11 against the Colts in Indianapolis. With wins by the Broncos and Patriots, the Texans dropped in conference standings, taking the AFC's #3 seed for the 2nd straight year, and would host the Bengals in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs—also for a 2nd straight year.

Postseason[edit]

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

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #6 Cincinnati Bengals at #3 Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 3 3 13
Texans 3 6 7 3 19

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –

In somewhat of a sloppy game for both teams, the Texans booted the Cincinnati Bengals out of the playoffs for the 2nd straight year and moved on to the Divisional Round. After going up 6–0 on two Shayne Graham field goals to start the game, Matt Schaub threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown to give the Bengals a 7–6 lead. Coming out of halftime, the Texans defense stiffened up for the rest of the game, forcing the Bengals to 0–9 on 3rd down conversions, holding 2nd-year QB Andy Dalton to 14 completions in 30 attempts for 127 passing yards, and only 2 more field goals as the Texans hung on for the victory.

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #2 New England Patriots[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: #3 Houston Texans at #2 New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 10 0 15 28
Patriots 7 10 14 10 41

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • HOU –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • NE –

The Texans were eliminated from the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row in a game reminiscent of the Week 14 matchup against the Patriots. Entering the game, both teams combined were 12–0 at home against other AFC teams. Again, the Texans were outplayed and out-coached, losing despite possessing the ball for about 31:34 minutes compared to their opponent's 28:36. An intercepted pass that doomed a promising drive and a turnover on downs late in the 3rd quarter put the game out of reach as New England ran away with the score, boasting impressive performances from QB Tom Brady, RBs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, and WR Wes Welker.

Standings[edit]

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Houston Texans(3) 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 416 331 L2
Indianapolis Colts(5) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 357 387 W2
Tennessee Titans 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 330 471 W1
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 255 444 L5

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL (28 April 2012). "NFL Draft Tracker". NFL.com. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

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