Whitney Mercilus trending up after 2015 season

There were few bright spots after Saturday's devastating 30-0 playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Whitney Mercilus, though, was one of them.

Mercilus put forth another solid performance and his first career sack in the postseason. Not only was he the only player to sack Alex Smith, but Mercilus did so three times, including twice in the first half. Mercilus also recorded eight tackles (five solo), including three for a loss, four quarterback hits, in addition to the trio of sacks for a loss of 17 yards.

For the four-year veteran though, it was a bittersweet day to have a good individual game in a loss that ultimately ended the Texans playoff hopes.

"If it would have won us the game, then great," Mercilus said. "I would definitely have given up those three, you know, my individual performance just to win this game, for sure."

Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month earlier in the week, the outside linebacker has recorded 8.5 sacks in the last five games he played. With his performance against the Chiefs, he becomes just the fourth player in franchise history to record a sack in the playoffs.

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