Defense leads the way as Texans clinch division

The Texans knew they were in the postseason with a win after the Titans fell to the Jaguars earlier Saturday.

Savage completed two passes for 13 yards in the first half and the Texans trailed 3-0 at halftime.

For the final thirty minutes, he was 16-of-22 for 163 passing yards, and the Texans put a dozen points on the scoreboard to triumph and clinch the AFC South. Former Texan and Houston native Randy Bullock lined up for a 43-yard walk-off Christmas Eve field goal that would delay Houston's celebration of an AFC South title.

For the Bengals (6-8-1) this was yet another disappointment in a hard season that will end a streak of five straight postseason appearances.

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The Bengals came into the game with the fewest penalty yards in the league and they were tied for the second-fewest accepted penalties.

Added Savage: "The first half I was just missing some people, missing some reads here and there, and that's unacceptable". The Texans insist they aren't thinking about any other team this week and are simply focused on themselves.

Quarterback Andy Dalton, also without Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert in a game he still threw for 268 yards, understood Green's disappointment.

"My thought is to win these next two football games with the best players we can put out there to play", Lewis said.

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"Absolutely. But the decision was made", Dalton said.

Savage improved as the game went on, finishing 18-of-29 for 176 yards, without a touchdown or an interception.

Savage was a fourth-round pick in 2014, but has appeared in just three games since then after spending all of last season on injured reserve and serving as Osweiler's backup for most of this season.

Blue had 73 yards on 21 carries in relief of Lamar Miller, who missed the game with an ankle injury.

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Who knows, Woods has had two back surgeries in his time off and is also a lot older than he was when he was winning everything. "That's the most concerning part of the game, is getting off to I guess halfway decent starts", Woods said .

Green has missed the last four games due to a hamstring injury, and said he hopes to play Saturday against the Houston Texans. The squad has been outscored by 42 points this season, easily the worst of any team with a winning record. I can't remember the last time I saw a first place team replace a healthy starting quarterback in the starting lineup. Johnson was all smiles as he congratulated Hopkins, who he mentored in his first two seasons in the NFL.


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