Houston’s defense played solid football in the team’s Divisional Round loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots last night.
A 9-7 season and a Wild Card playoff victory is a decent outing for a team playing the entire season without its best player (J.J. Watt).
Had it not been for a porous performance from the team’s $72 million man, Houston may have been right in this one. Instead, Brock Osweiler’s 23-of-40, 198 yard, 1 TD and 3 INT game led to a 34-16 second-round loss.
But let’s talk a minute about the defensive effort for the Texans, shall we?
Tom Brady completed just 18 of his 38 pass attempts for 287 yards, two touchdowns and TWO interceptions. Jadeveon Clowney put pressure on Brady all game and even put him on the ground a few times. Brian Cushing and Whitney Mercilus each recorded a sack of Brady, and New England turned the football over three times total. Limiting this offense to a 5-for-14 third down conversion isn’t too bad, either.
Unfortunately, not only did this game end in a Houston loss but it may have also marked the final game of a great career for nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
Wilfork, at 6’2″/325 pound, has been a monstrous force up front for Houston the last two years, and this came after a legendary career with these same New England Patriots who defeated his team last night. Wilfork, 35, started 179 regular season games and was a five-time Pro Bowler during his New England tenure.
So although his (likely) final game is a postseason loss, he’s no stranger to playoff victories.
The former No. 21 overall pick out of Miami is a two-time Super Bowl champ and 43 combined tackles and 3.0 sacks in 24 career postseason games (15-9 record in those games).
Congrats on a fantastic career, Vince!
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