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The Houston Texans (10-6, AFC South champions in 2011) open the 11th season in franchise history against the Miami Dolphins (6-10 in 2011) on Sunday at noon in Reliant Stadium in the team’s annual Liberty White Out.

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Houston is coming its first-ever playoff season and enters its seventh season with head coach Gary Kubiak at the helm. The game also marks the return of Texans QB Matt Schaub as the signal-caller after a Lisfranc injury ended his 2011 season early. He will direct an offense that returns go-to weapons WR Andre Johnson, TE Owen Daniels and RB Arian Foster. The offensive line will feature new starters in RG Antoine Caldwell and RT Derek Newton.

Ten starters return from Houston’s second-ranked defense a year ago, including team MVP ILB Brian Cushing, All-Rookie pick DE J.J. Watt and Pro Bowlers CB Johnathan Joseph and DE Antonio Smith.

First-year head coach Joe Philbin and former Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill will make their debuts for the Dolphins, who return 1,000-yard rusher RB Reggie Bush.

TEXANS-DOLPHINS BRIEFLY
• Texans lead the all-time series 6-0 and are 3-0 all-time against Miami at Reliant Stadium.
• Last Regular Season Meeting: Houston 23, Miami 13 at Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 18, 2011
• Kubiak’s first career win came against Miami, a 17-15 decision on Oct. 1, 2006.
• Five of the six games in the all-time series have been decided by a touchdown or less.
• Sunday is the second time the teams have opened the season against one another, a 21-20 Houston win on Sept. 7, 2003 being the other.
• Four games in the series have been decided by three points or less, including three in the last 30 seconds of the game:

TEXANS-DOLPHINS CLOSE CALLS
Date  –  Final  –  Time – PLAY
9/7/03 – 21-20 – 0:25 – Kris Brown 35-yard field goal
10/1/06 – 17-15 – 1:39 – Morlon Greenwood breaks up RB Ronnie Brown’s pass to Chris Chambers on a two-point conversion.
10/7/07 – 22-19 – 0:01 – Kris Brown 57-yard field goal
10/12/08 – 29-28 – 0:03 – Matt Schaub 3-yard TD run

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