The Texans had the NFL’s No. 1 defense this season despite not having three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt for most of it.
Jadeveon Clowney has picked up the slack and helped the Texans score the first touchdown of Saturday’s wild-card game against the Raiders at NRG Stadium.
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Clowney’s athletic interception of Raiders quarterback Connor Cook set the Texans up at Raiders’ 4-yard line midway through the first quarter.
Lamar Miller scored from 4 yards out on the very next play to give Houston a 10-0 lead with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter.
Cook is the first rookie quarterback to make his first NFL start in a playoff game and he and the Raiders are in a big hole early. The Raiders had just 13 yards of total offense and one first down through their first three possessions.
There was Dan DeArmas, who punted for more than 10,000 yards for the Maryland Terrapins from 1988-91. There was running back Eric Bates, who finished first in West Virginia high school history with 5,447 career rushing yards upon his graduation in 1987. Then there was quarterback Mark Ryhanych, a former high school teammate of Jamie’s who went 24-1 as a starter for the Generals and threw for 3,097 yards and 39 touchdowns in their ’96 championship season.
‘The only team that could beat us was ourselves, if we didn’t execute,’ King said of that team. ‘It really is a credit to the players we had, their expertise, and they got it done.’
Authentic Womens Paul Richardson Jersey The Generals steamrolled their 1996 schedule, posting six shutouts and outscoring opponents 374-129. Their closest game was a 35-31 win over the Hampton Roads Sharks on Nov. 2, 1996 the last game of the season, and the last game in Generals history.