Texans Punish Browns 45-14, Advance to Divisional Round

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Browns QB Joe Flacco & Texans QB C.J. Stroud
(Photo Cred: Sports Illustrated)


The Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans kicked off Wild Card Saturday of the NFL Playoffs this afternoon. The Browns (11-6) came into this game as the 5th seed, while the Texans (10-7) were the 4th seed. On paper it would be a formidable match between two hungry AFC teams.

It would begin as a close matchup. Cleveland would score in the first quarter off a Kareem Hunt touchdown. Houston would answer with C.J Stround finding Nico Collins for a score late in the quarter. The second quarter saw the Texans gather steam on offense. Stroud would throw for two more big touchdowns to make the score 24-14 at halftime.

Texans QB C.J. Stroud
(Photo Cred: Fox 26 Houston)


In the third quarter, the Texans defense would also put points on the board. Browns QB Joe Flacco would throw not one, but two costly interceptions that were ran back for scores. The first came from Steve Nelson for 82 yards and the second pick was returned by Christian Harris for 36 yards.

(Video Cred: ESPN)

With the score 38-14 going into the fourth quarter, any hope of a comeback in this game for Cleveland was all but lost.

The last score of this contest came from the Texans as RB Devin Singletary would score on a 19 yard run early in the 4th quarter. Even with the magic that Flacco and the Browns had going into the game, it wasn’t enough to slow the momentum of a Texans team that is riding an incredible wave with their rookie QB and rookie coach Demarco Ryan.


Texans QB C.J. Stroud

With this win the Houston Texans will advance to the AFC Divisional Round. Because the NFL re-seeds in the playoffs, the Texans’ opponent will not be known until all Wild Card games are completed. With a victory, the Texans would travel to Baltimore, Buffalo, Kansas City, or host Miami.

Stroud would also become the youngest NFL QB in history to win a playoff game. Houston will hit the road and face the top-seeded Ravens in Baltimore IF the Chiefs AND Bills both win their home playoff games. The Texans will go to Buffalo next week if the Bills beat the Steelers, and the Dolphins beat the Chiefs. The Texans play at Kansas City if the Chiefs win and the Bills lose to Pittsburgh.

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