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O'Brien awards game ball to o-line


It's the number of sacks given up by the Texans offensive line in Saturday's 27-14 AFC Wild Card win over Oakland, earning accolades from head coach Bill O'Brien.

"I gave a game ball to the offensive line," O'Brien said. "Those guys played their butts off."

Houston's offense also improved in its red-zone performance, going 3-of-3 after struggling in recent weeks. The offensive line paved the way for two rushing touchdowns, tying a single-game postseason-high. The Texans scored 20 points in the first half alone, the highest team total in any half of a postseason game in franchise history.

"I think I give the players credit," O'Brien said. "I would definitely give the offensive line credit that we were able to have some time to complete some passes down the field to DeAndre (Hopkins), to the tight ends, to (Will) Fuller (V). So I think everybody understood what we needed to do to improve and we were able to go out there and do it. It still wasn't perfect and there's still a lot of room for improvement. We all know that. But I thought we played overall our best game offensively and we still have a lot to improve upon which is what we'll work on this week."

The Texans will travel to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.

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