With J.J. Watt sidelined all season, the Houston Texans desperately needed former No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney to step up and be the play-maker he has the potential to be.
And thats exactly what the 23-year old did.
In his third NFL season, the South Carolina standout started a career-high 14 games for the Texans and set career-highs in total tackles (52), sacks (6.0) and forced fumbles (one).
In his first career playoff game against the Raiders Saturday afternoon, the 6’5″/265-pound defensive end was a force to be reckoned with. Clowney recorded one tackles and didn’t register a sack, but he applied constant pressure on rookie quarterback Connor Cook, batted passes and even recorded his first career interception on one of the most athletic plays you’ll see from a defensive end of his size.
In his team’s 27-14 first-round victory over Oakland, Houston’s defense limited the opposition to just 203 total offensive yards (139 passing, 64 rushing). Houston forced three turnovers, sacked Cook three times and limited Oakland to just 2-for-16 on third downs.
Solid display defensively for the Texans, as they’ll prepare to face either the (1) Patriots or (2) Chiefs next week in the Divisional round.
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