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Texans clinch AFC South title with 20-3 win over Jaguars

HOUSTON (AP) After the Houston Texans fell to 0-3 with a loss at home to the New York Giants on Sept. 23, they appeared to be headed for a second straight losing season.

Instead, the Texans (11-5) won their next nine games and 11 of their last 13, capped by Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, to clinch the AFC South title.

''We have a lot bigger goals,'' J.J. Watt said. ''I have a lot bigger goals but it's good. Especially after starting 0-3 and everybody writes you off. Guys in the locker room believed. Guys in the locker room never gave up.''

Deshaun Watson threw for 234 yards and ran for a touchdown and DeAndre Hopkins had 147 yards receiving in the victory.

The Texans will make their fifth playoff appearance after winning the division for the fifth time in franchise history. Houston returns to the postseason for the third time in four years after bouncing back a 4-12 campaign in which Watson and Watt suffered season-ending injuries.

''The way we started out, it's a testament to the players in that locker room,'' coach Bill O'Brien said. ''They've always hung tough. And to go from 0-3 (and then) go 11-2 in this league is pretty tough to do. Give credit to the players.''

Houston built a 14-point lead in the first half behind rushing touchdowns by Watson and Lamar Miller and made it 20-3 on a 24-yard field goal with about 11 minutes left. The Jaguars had a chance to cut the lead later in the fourth quarter, but Blake Bortles was intercepted in the end zone by Andre Hal.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement that his director of football operations, Tom Coughlin, has decided to retain coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell - even though the team finished in last place a year after playing in the AFC title game. Khan said he agreed with the decision.

''We get judged on wins and losses,'' Marrone said. ''Obviously, this year, I didn't do a good job. Period. I'm never going to step away from that. I'm happy with the faith because I do believe I will get this right.''

The Jaguars (5-11) returned to Bortles as starter after benching the quarterback following a loss to Buffalo on Nov. 25. But he did little to get Jacksonville's offense going, with the Jaguars managing one first down in the opening half and finishing with six. Bortles was 15 of 28 for 107 yards.

Watt sacked Bortles 1 1/2 times to finish with 16 this year. Watt has four seasons with 15 or more sacks, second most in NFL history to Reggie White (five).

The performance by Hopkins gives him 1,572 yards receiving and 115 receptions this season, both career highs. His catch total tied Andre Johnson (2008) for the most in franchise history.

''A lot of guys have amazing seasons, but their team isn't where it should be,'' Hopkins said. ''So I think everything I've been doing has correlated to my team winning, which is even better.''

KEY PLAYS

Dede Westbrook muffed a punt late in the first quarter, and Zach Cunningham recovered. Watson capitalized with a 5-yard scramble that made it 10-3 early in the second quarter.

The Texans faced a third-and-6 late in the second quarter when Myles Jack deflected a pass and Hopkins grabbed it for a 13-yard gain. Miller ran 7 yards for a touchdown on the next play, dragging two defenders into the end zone to make it 17-3.

BAD BEHAVIOR

Coughlin had strong words for running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon after the game.

Fournette, who was inactive because of foot and ankle injuries, and Yeldon were caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and chatting while the offense had the ball. They were clearly disengaged with teammates and coaches.

''I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette,'' Coughlin said. ''They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.''

TEXANS NUMBERS

Hopkins is the fourth player in NFL history (Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Brandon Marshall) to have at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in multiple seasons. He had 111 receptions for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

Watson, who ran for 66 yards on Sunday, is the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards (4,165) and 25 touchdowns (26) and rush for 500 yards (551) and five touchdowns in a season.

ANDRE AND DEANDRE

Hopkins brought Johnson to the podium with him after the game, and the retired receiver raved about his protege.

''One thing that I appreciate about him is when he first came into the league he asked me about things he needed to do to better his game,'' Johnson said. ''He took that to a whole other level. To see what he's accomplished, what he's doing out on the field, it's amazing.''

INJURIES

Jaguars: Jacksonville was without starting cornerback A.J. Bouye (toe injury).

Texans: Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph sat out with a neck injury.

UP NEXT

Jaguars: Jacksonville must decide what to do with Bortles before next season. Most believe he won't return in 2019 after going 24-49 as a starter in five seasons. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft also is due to count $21 million against the salary cap, and the Jags can save $9.5 million by cutting him with a post-June 1 designation.

Texans: Will host the winner of Sunday night's Colts-Titans game next weekend, barring a tie between those teams.

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Key Players
K. Cole 84 WR
45 ReYds, 4 RECs
4
FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
234 PaYds, 66 RuYds, RuTD
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:55
K.Fairbairn 24 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
9
plays
60
yds
3:29
pos
3
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:01
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
3
17
Touchdown 3:01
L.Miller up the middle for 7 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
63
yds
4:27
pos
3
16
Point After TD 14:56
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 14:56
D.Watson right end for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
51
yds
1:37
pos
3
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:23
K.Fairbairn 23 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
10
plays
69
yds
4:48
pos
3
3
Field Goal 10:11
K.Forbath 25 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Overton Holder-L.Cooke.
4
plays
3
yds
2:00
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 24:53 35:07
1st Downs 6 23
Rushing 2 8
Passing 4 13
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 3-13 6-17
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 119 342
Total Plays 47 74
Avg Gain 2.5 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 30 134
Rush Attempts 16 33
Avg Rush Yards 1.9 4.1
Net Yards Passing 89 208
Comp. - Att. 15-28 25-35
Yards Per Pass 3.2 5.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-18 6-26
Penalties - Yards 8-68 2-15
Touchdowns 0 2
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 9-43.7 7-39.7
Return Yards 57 56
Punts - Returns 3-17 6-56
Kickoffs - Returns 1-40 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 1/1 4/4
Extra Points 0/0 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 0-1 -0% 2-5 -40%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 2-4 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Jaguars 5-11 30003
Texans 11-5 3140320
89 PASS YDS 208
30 RUSH YDS 134
119 TOTAL YDS 342
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Bortles 5 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.6% 107 0 1 47.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.3% 2718 13 11 79.8
B. Bortles 15/28 107 0 1 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Bortles 5 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
58 365 1
B. Bortles 4 15 0 7 3
C. Hyde 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
172 571 5
C. Hyde 10 13 0 5 1
D. Williams 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 36 0
D. Williams 2 2 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Cole 84 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 491 1
K. Cole 8 4 45 0 19 4
J. O'Shaughnessy 80 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 214 0
J. O'Shaughnessy 4 3 25 0 10 2
D. Moncrief 10 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 668 3
D. Moncrief 3 2 21 0 22 2
D. Westbrook 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 717 5
D. Westbrook 7 3 10 0 6 0
C. Hyde 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 33 0
C. Hyde 3 2 6 0 6 1
B. Bell 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 67 0
B. Bell 1 1 0 0 0 0
D. Chark 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 174 0
D. Chark 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Smith 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
100-34 2 1.0
T. Smith 8-2 0.0 0 0
D. Hayden 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-7 1 1.0
D. Hayden 7-0 0.0 0 0
J. Wilson 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-2 0 0.0
J. Wilson 6-0 0.0 0 0
M. Jack 44 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
75-32 1 2.5
M. Jack 6-4 0.5 0 0
C. Campbell 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-19 0 10.5
C. Campbell 5-2 1.5 0 0
J. Ramsey 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-3 3 0.0
J. Ramsey 5-0 0.0 0 0
Y. Ngakoue 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-3 0 9.5
Y. Ngakoue 3-2 1.5 0 0
M. Jackson 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-7 0 3.5
M. Jackson 3-1 1.5 0 0
A. Jones 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-8 0 1.0
A. Jones 2-3 0.0 0 0
T. Herndon 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
T. Herndon 2-1 0.0 0 0
L. Johnson 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Bryan 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 0 1.0
T. Bryan 1-0 1.0 0 0
T. Gipson 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-10 1 0.0
T. Gipson 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. DeLuca 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 1.0
N. DeLuca 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Dareus 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-9 0 1.0
M. Dareus 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Chark 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Chark 1-0 0.0 0 0
Q. Meeks 43 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
Q. Meeks 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Davis 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
C. Davis 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Payne 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Payne 0-1 0.0 0 0
L. McCray 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
L. McCray 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Forbath 2 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
4/5 3/3
K. Forbath 1/1 25 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 49.9 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
86 45.0 37
L. Cooke 9 49.9 1 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Chark 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 40.0 40 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 26.6 47 0
D. Chark 1 40.0 40 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Westbrook 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.7 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 14.0 74 1
D. Westbrook 3 5.7 17 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 234 0 0 89.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.3% 4165 26 9 103.1
D. Watson 25/35 234 0 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 551 5
D. Watson 13 66 1 16 21
L. Miller 26 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 56 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
210 973 5
L. Miller 17 56 1 14 11
A. Blue 28 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
150 499 2
A. Blue 3 12 0 6 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Hopkins 10 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
16 12 147 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 115 1572 11
D. Hopkins 16 12 147 0 43 14
D. Carter 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 216 0
D. Carter 5 4 33 0 12 1
V. Smith 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 91 1
V. Smith 5 3 28 0 10 2
A. Blue 28 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 154 0
A. Blue 3 2 12 0 7 2
R. Griffin 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 305 0
R. Griffin 1 1 8 0 8 0
J. Thomas 83 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 215 4
J. Thomas 1 1 6 0 6 0
J. Akins 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 225 0
J. Akins 2 0 0 0 0 0
L. Miller 26 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 163 1
L. Miller 2 2 0 0 1 11
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
Z. Cunningham 41 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
73-34 1 0.0
Z. Cunningham 5-1 0.0 0 0
S. Wright 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-7 0 0.0
S. Wright 4-1 0.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
70-17 2 1.0
K. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Watt 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-14 0 15.5
J. Watt 3-1 1.5 0 1
B. McKinney 55 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-42 1 1.0
B. McKinney 3-2 0.0 0 0
A. Blackson 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-6 0 1.0
A. Blackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Reid 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
70-18 3 0.0
J. Reid 2-3 0.0 0 0
C. Watkins 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
C. Watkins 2-1 1.0 0 0
T. Mathieu 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
70-19 2 3.0
T. Mathieu 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bademosi 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
J. Bademosi 1-1 0.0 0 0
W. Mercilus 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-17 0 3.5
W. Mercilus 1-1 0.5 0 0
D. Ejiofor 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
D. Ejiofor 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Clowney 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-9 0 9.0
J. Clowney 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hal 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-7 3 0.0
A. Hal 1-1 0.0 1 0
C. Covington 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 3.0
C. Covington 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Cole 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-0 0 0.0
D. Cole 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Adams 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Adams 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
37/42 39/41
K. Fairbairn 2/2 24 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Daniel 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 42.1 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
74 43.7 36
T. Daniel 7 42.1 4 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Carter 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 9.3 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 9.6 84 0
D. Carter 6 9.3 30 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:46 JAC 38 1:38 3 1 Punt
12:08 HOU 10 2:00 4 3 FG
5:20 JAC 25 1:40 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 JAC 25 2:22 3 8 Punt
11:20 JAC 3 3:52 6 12 Punt
3:01 JAC 25 1:25 3 -5 Punt
0:38 JAC 12 0:38 1 1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 JAC 25 1:48 3 0 Punt
8:43 JAC 7 2:58 6 23 Punt
2:04 JAC 9 2:43 5 10 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:52 JAC 35 1:41 3 -10 Punt
8:10 JAC 11 2:08 8 54 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 1:14 3 4 Punt
10:08 HOU 25 4:48 10 69 FG
3:40 HOU 20 2:07 3 -7 Punt
1:33 HOU 49 1:37 4 51 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 HOU 30 1:14 3 7 Punt
7:28 HOU 37 4:27 9 63 TD
1:36 HOU 32 0:58 3 -4 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:12 HOU 26 4:29 8 35 Punt
5:45 HOU 24 3:41 7 24 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:21 HOU 35 3:29 9 60 FG
9:11 JAC 45 1:01 3 3 Punt
6:02 HOU 20 6:02 14 65 Game