Watt adds an­other sack, to­tal up to 151/2

Tex­ans

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - C Tex­ans full­back James Casey scores on a 5-yard touch­down catch in the first quar­ter of Sun­day win over the Ti­tans. It was the only re­cep­tion of the game for Casey. joe how­ell / as­so­ci­ated press

Tex­ans quar­ter­back Matt Schaub, in­jured when Hous­ton clinched its first post­sea­son berth a year ago against Cincin­nati, called this a great feel­ing.

“It’s good to know we’re in,” Schaub said. “It’s a great feel­ing to know that we’ve reached that goal, but we’ve got a lot more to ac­com­plish.”

The Tex­ans also swept Ten­nessee (4-8), the team they re­placed in Hous­ton, for only the sec­ond time. Schaub threw for 207 yards and two touch­downs, and Arian Fos­ter ran for a TD.

The Ti­tans de­buted new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dow­ell Log­gains, but they didn’t help him much as re­ceivers re­peat­edly dropped balls in los­ing their sec­ond straight.

“To work so hard to turn things around and go out and have a per­for- mance like that is very frus­trat­ing,” Ti­tans run­ning back Chris John­son said.

Ten­nessee scored on a 34-yard pass from Locker to Kenny Britt late in the third quar­ter to pull within 24-10.

The Ti­tans had plenty of chances, in­clud­ing third-and-3 at the Hous­ton 7 early in the fourth quar­ter be­fore Locker was sacked and fum­bled on fourth down.

Dar­ryl Sharp­ton sealed the win with the third in­ter­cep­tion with 2:05 left.

Locker fin­ished with two fum­bles and three in­ter­cep­tions.

“I guess that’s why we’re 4-8,” Ti­tans coach Mike Mun­chak said. “We can’t make enough plays to win when we have an op­por­tu­nity.”

The Tex­ans avoided all the late-game dra­mat­ics needed in beat­ing first Jack­sonville, then Detroit in over­time in a span of five days. But their in­jury list grew.

Lineback­ers Bradie James and Brooks Reed, cor­ner­back Johnathan Joseph and right tackle Derek New­ton all sat out. Cor­ner­back Brice McCain hurt his foot and couldn’t fin­ish. Tight end Gar­rett Gra­ham also suf­fered a head in­jury and couldn’t fin­ish.

Tex­ans de­fen­sive end J.J. Watt had an­other sack, giv­ing him 15 ½, adding to his fran­chise record for a sea­son and join­ing Reg­gie White as the only NFL play­ers with at least 15 sacks and 13 passes de­fensed in a sea­son. Watt bat­ted down a cou­ple of passes, giv­ing him 15 for the sea­son.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’ve had some strug­gles the last two weeks, but to­day is what we’re used to and the way we’re used to play­ing with the turnovers and the mo­men­tum swings,” Watt said.

Hous­ton’s An­dre John­son, the AFC of­fen­sive player for Novem­ber, had five catches for 56 yards af­ter to­tal­ing 35 catches for 614 yards over the past month.

Ti­tans right tackle David Ste­wart broke his right leg on the open­ing se­ries and was taken to a hospi­tal.

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