From top to bottom, everyone in the franchise is aware of what's at stake on Sunday against hte Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback
After their first taste of the playoffs last January, the Texans made it a point in the aftermath of their Divisional loss at Baltimore to strive for homefield advantage this January. With an AFC-best 12-2 record, they’re two games clear of the Broncos (11-3) in seeding because of a Week 3 victory at Denver. Even if Houston can’t get past Minnesota in Week 16, a victory at Indianapolis would still accomplish the goal. But don’t tell
“It’s better to have it done Sunday than try to do it the following week,” Johnson said. “We’re going to try to get it done Sunday.”
The Texans are 12-4 at Reliant Stadium in the regular season and postseason since the start of 2011. The thunderous crowd noise is routinely cited as a help to the Texans’ defense.
“You can’t ask for anything more than that,” Brown said. “It’s what we’ve been playing for all year, and to put ourselves in this position, we’re extremely proud of it and we know what’s at stake.”
“It’s how you play that's the most important thing, and I think our team knows that now,” Kubiak said. "I think I beat that at them enough. They’ve learned through the course of growing up that regardless of what’s going on, if they play good football, they’re going to have a chance to win.”