NASHVILLE – The Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 24-10 at LP Field in Nashville on Sunday, improving to 11-1 and clinching a playoff berth for the second consecutive season.
The Texans’ defense was battered by injuries but led the way with a franchise-record six turnovers and a season-high six sacks. They did so without three injured cornerbacks and two injured starting linebackers.
“Boy, we battled all day,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “We played great defense all day long.
“Just proud of the guys for finding a way to get it done. Very proud of them finding a way to get in the playoffs, and happy for everybody back home. Nice to know we’re gonna play some more.”
“I think the defense played great," Watt said. "Obviously, we’ve had some struggles the last two weeks, but today is what we’re used to and how we’re used to playing -- the turnovers, the momentum swings, the big plays. That’s our defense… Everyone makes plays. It’s not just one or two guys, it’s every single player.”
Texans wide receiver
“I was excited,” Jean said. “It’s always exciting to get in the end zone. I was just going out there and whenever Coach put me in, just doing whatever they asked me to do.”
The Titans answered with a 37-yard field goal by Rob Bironas to make the score 7-3. The Texans went up 14-3 late in the first quarter on a five-yard touchdown catch by fullback
"It’s one of the best feelings in the world to get in the end zone and score a touchdown in the NFL," said Casey, who now has three receiving touchdowns this season. "It was a good play design by our offensive coaches, and Matt (Schaub) got me the ball and it just felt good to get in."
The Texans led 21-3 at halftime after an interception by Dobbins deep in Titans territory set up Foster for a two-yard touchdown run. Dobbins had a big game in his hometown of Nashville, tallying three tackles, an interception, a pass defensed, a fumble recovery and two special teams tackles.
Locker finished the game with a 49.2 passer rating. He was 21-of-45 for 309 yards with three interceptions and one touchdown. Schaub, who has now won 15 of his last 16 starts, was 21-of-35 for 207 yards and two touchdowns. He was not sacked and not intercepted. Running back
The Texans lost cornerback
"It’s funny how things work in football," Kubiak said. "I just told the team, you come in here missing some key defensive players and you think you have got to play really well offensively, and we turn around and may have played as good of a defensive game as we have played this year. That just tells you you’re a team, that you don’t really care how you win or you don’t have a preconceived notion of how you are going to win. You just go out and play.
"They were exceptional today; six turnovers and six sacks. The coaches did a great job. You look at the job (defensive backs coach) Vance (Joseph) did and (linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) did this week getting some young guys ready to play, it was exceptional."
Up next for the Texans is a Week 14 showdown with the New England Patriots (9-3) on Monday Night Football in Foxboro.