Houston Texans Defeat Cleveland Browns 45-14 in Wild-Card Matchup
Houston, TX – In an electrifying wild-card matchup, the Houston Texans sought revenge for their Week 16 loss to the Cleveland Browns and emerged victorious with a dominant 45-14 win. The star of the game was rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, who made history by tying the NFL record for most touchdown passes by a rookie in a playoff game with three.
Following the impressive victory, Texans coach DeMeco Ryans praised Stroud, referring to him as “special” and crediting him for the team’s success. Ryans and Stroud also became part of a select group, becoming only the third coach-quarterback duo since 1950 to win a playoff game as rookies.
Stroud’s remarkable performance did not end there. He became the first quarterback drafted in the top two of the draft since 1967 to start and win a playoff game in his rookie season. It is evident that the young quarterback has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the league.
Motivation played a crucial role for the Texans leading up to the game. The team used a song titled “Get Back a Motherf—er” to inspire themselves, serving as a reminder of their Week 16 loss to the Browns. The Texans channeled this motivation and turned the game around after initially trailing 14-10 in the second quarter, going on an impressive 35-0 run to dominate the remainder of the matchup.
Key plays that contributed to the Texans’ victory included Stroud’s touchdown passes to Brevin Jordan and Dalton Schultz just before halftime. The momentum continued in the third quarter when cornerback Steven Nelson and linebacker Chris Harris intercepted Browns quarterback Joe Flacco for touchdowns, securing the Texans’ lead and sealing the win.
Cornerback Derek Stingley’s stellar performance also played a vital role in limiting the impact of Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper. Stingley held Cooper to just four catches for 59 yards, effectively neutralizing one of the Browns’ key offensive weapons.
With this remarkable win, the Texans now await their opponent in the divisional round. They express utmost confidence in Stroud’s abilities to lead them to further success as they continue their playoff journey.
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