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After clinching their first playoff spot, the Texans celebrated and talked of feeling like a team of destiny, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Andre Johnson got a game ball without even playing in a nice gesture by Gary Kubiak.
“When T.J. Yates and Kevin Walter finally connected for the game-winning score with two seconds remaining to silence the small crowd at Paul Brown Stadium, this never-say-die team from a so-often-dead organization had delivered a victory for the ages,” writes Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.
Johnathan Joseph’s return to Cincinnati was largely uneventful and he allowed A.J. Green to make some plays, says Jeffrey Martin of the Chronicle.
The final drive brought out the best in Yates and the Texans, says Martin.
Defensive adjustments by Wade Phillips and his staff played a big part in things, says McClain.
Dale Robertson of the Chronicle ranks it the second-biggest NFL win in Houston history.
Owner Bob McNair thinks Kubiak should be a prime coach of the year candidate, writes McClain.
Yates’ parent has bad seats, says Shutdown Corner.
The Colts got nowhere against the Ravens vaunted defense, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.
Two sacks mean Dwight Freeney is just the 26th player in NFL history to top 100 in his career, say Mike Chappell and Richards of the Star.
Phillip B. Wilson of the Star saw the same old, same old.
The terrible Colts are one of the worst teams in NFL history so they didn’t tell the Ravens much about themselves, says Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun.
If the Colts have talent beyond Peyton Manning, why are they so terrible? Nate Dunlevy of 18to88 examines the question. I particularly like point three about the coaches being arrogant and uncreative.
It’s getting awkward in Indy, says Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal.
The Jaguars absolutely rolled Tampa Bay, says Tania Ganguli of the Times-Union.
On a monster day, Maurice Jones-Drew broke his mentors Fred Taylor’s franchise record for touchdowns, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.
This was no monumental breakthrough, but the Jaguars will take the glimpse of sunshine, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.
Blaine Gabbert delivered a better effort, says Ganguli.
An unlikely pair -- tight end Colin Cloherty and defensive end Nate Collins -- found the end zone for the Jaguars, says Vito Stellino.
The Titans hope this loss isn’t one that ultimately kills their playoff chances, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
The Titans now have no margin for error in their playoff bid, says David Climer of The Tennessean.
Injuries to key players piled up, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
A third-down discrepancy meant the Saints were able to control the ball, says Glennon.
Jake Locker showed the Titans a big glimpse of the future, says Wyatt.
Don’t grade the Saints on aesthetics, this is the sort of gritty win they needed, says Don Banks of SI.com.