Watt adds another sack, total up to 151/2
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.