HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Brock Osweiler bounced back from a week 15 benching throwing for 168 yards with a touchdown on the ground and through the air as he led the Houston Texans to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium in the AFC Wild Card playoff game.
Osweiler, who was benched after throwing two first half interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars, started for the injured Tom Savage, and led the Texans to their highest point total since
The Texans put the first points on the board with a Nick Novak 50 yard field goal giving Houston the 3-0 advantage with 7:57 remaining in the first quarter.
On the next Raiders possession, Clowney made a play that would make JJ Watt proud as he batted a Cook throw out of the air and caught it for his first career interception and gave Houston the ball on Oakland’s four-yard line.
On the Texans next play from scrimmage Lamar Miller ran it in from four yards out and extended the Houston lead to 10-0.
The Raiders tallied their first points with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter when Latavius Murray punched it in from two yards out. With the extra point the Raiders pulled with three at 10-7.
The Texans would get an additional 38-yard field goal from Novak to extend their lead to 13-7.
With just over two minutes remaining in the half Osweiler led a four play, 60 yard drive that ended with a two yard touchdown catch to DeAndre Hopkins.
The Texans entered halftime with a 20-7 lead. The Texans had been 19-0 under Bill O’Brien with a halftime lead.
The Texans were mostly conservative in the second half, but Osweiler led the Texans to a final scoring drive with 12:28 remaining in the game scoring a rushing touchdown from a yard out to put the game out of reach at 27-7.
The Texans will wait for the outcome of Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Dolphins before they know their divisional round opponent. A Steelers win sends the Texans to New England, a Miami win sends them to Kansas City.
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