FOXBORO – After starting the season 11-1 and winning a franchise-record 12 games, the Texans ended their 2012 season just like their 2011 season – with a road loss in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, two games short of the Super Bowl.
Last season was the first time the Texans made the playoffs in team history. This season, they had their sights locked in on hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
“It’s the ultimate disappointment,” defensive end
For much of the season, the Texans looked like a team that could be Super Bowl-bound. They had the best record in the AFC through 15 games, but losses in three of their final four – including both of their last two – dropped them from the conference’s first seed to third.
Had they held on to the No. 1 seed, they would have had home-field advantage and hosted the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium this weekend instead of traveling to Foxboro.
“It’s tough to swallow right now, but we fought hard all season, all day today,” tight end
“We’ve been here before,” Watt said. “You don’t want to get back to where you were before. You want to move on, you want to get better, you want to move forward, and we didn’t do that. We’re gonna look at it, we’re gonna figure it out and we’re gonna come in next season extremely strong. I can’t wait to get back to work.”
“I don’t know yet,” Foster said after a brief pause. “Get back to you tomorrow on that one. We’ve just got to play better in these games. We’re right there. We feel like we can compete with anybody in the league. It’s just… you’ve just got to make plays when the opportunity presents itself.”
“I feel bad, especially for the older guys including myself,” Johnson said. “You don’t get many shots at this. Me and Kev (wide receiver
“We just have to keep fighting, keep working and keep banging on that door. Hopefully, it’ll fall down.”