The Houston Texans finished their ninth season in franchise history and fifth under head coach Gary Kubiak with a 6-10 record and in third place in the AFC South. Houston started the season 4-2 but suffered several tough losses in the last 10 games of the season, including five decided on the last possession of the game. In addition, five of the Texans' losses were by a touchdown or less.
The Texans ranked third in the NFL in total offense, averaging a franchise record 386.6 yards per game. Houston was the only team in the AFC to rank in NFL's top 10 in rushing (seventh, 127.6 yards per game) and passing (fourth, 259.0 yards per game). The offense produced the first NFL rushing champion in franchise history, with RB Arian Foster rushing for 1,616 yards, the most in a single season by an undrafted player in NFL history. Foster also led the league in scrimmage yards (2,220), touchdowns (19) and first downs (123).
Foster and FB Vonta Leach were elected to their first Pro Bowls, while WR Andre Johnson earned his fifth trip to the postseason all-star game despite battling an ankle injury throughout the season.
The team opened the season with a franchise-record 257 yards rushing, including an NFL season-high 231 from Foster, in a 34-24 win against division rival Indianapolis, followed by the first overtime win in franchise history in Week 2 at Washington. A win at Oakland in Week 4 and a thrilling comeback against Kansas City in Week 6 sent the Texans into their open date with a 4-2 record and the AFC South Division lead.
Houston suffered a 30-17 loss at Indianapolis on Monday Night Football coming out of the bye and lost their next three games in heartbreaking fashion. Two of those losses came in the waning seconds of the game: a Hail Mary at Jacksonville in Week 10 and a defensive breakdown against the New York Jets in the final minute following a fourth-quarter comeback.
Late-game letdowns plagued the Texans at Philadelphia in Week 13 and in an overtime loss to Baltimore in Week 14, effectively ending the team's hopes for the playoffs.
Sandwiched in between four-game losing streaks was a 20-0 win at home against Tennessee in Week 12, marking the second shutout in franchise history. The Texans closed the season with a 34-17 win against Jacksonville at Reliant Stadium on January 2, 2011 to improve to 5-0 under Kubiak in season finales.