Oakland Raiders-Houston Texans AFC Wild Card wrap: Season ends in Texas 27-14

January 7, 2017

NFL, Oakland Raiders

Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) scores on a two-yard run against Oakland Raiders’ Cory James (57) during the second half of an AFC Wild Card NFL football game Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By Jeremy Kahn

When the 2016 season began, the Oakland Raiders wanted one thing, and that was to end their season in the State of Texas and it did in the wrong way.

Brock Osweiler went 14-for-25 for 168 yards and a touchdown, as the Houston Texans defeated the Raiders 27-14 at NRG Stadium.

Osweiler, who was benched on December 18 due to insufficiency, won his job back, when Tom Savage was ruled out with a concussion. The first-year Texans quarterback played his best game, as the Texans won their first playoff game since the 2012 season.

With the loss, the Raiders dream season came to a nightmarish end, as the Texans number ranked defense put a damper on rookie Connor Cook’s first ever start in the NFL.

Cook became the first quarterback in NFL history to make his first start in a playoff game after Derek Carr broke his right fibula on December 24, and then Matt McGloin injured his shoulder on Sunday. Not only was Cook making his first start, he was also doing without his left tackle Donald Penn, who missed the game after 160 consecutive starts due to a left knee injury.

Nick Novak gave the Texans a 3-0 lead, as he hit a 50-yard field goal and then things got worse for the Raiders just moments later.

Cook threw a pass that was tipped and intercepted by Jadeveon Clowney and just one play later, Lamar Miller scored from four yards out.

The Raiders cut the Texans lead down 10-7, as Latavius Murray scored on a two-yard run late in the first quarter.

Novak stretched the Texans lead up to 13-7, as he hit a 38-yard field goal and then the Texans essentially put the game away with a two-yard touchdown pass from Osweiler to DeAndre Hopkins.

Cook went 18-for-45 for 161 yards with a touchdown pass to Andre Holmes in the fourth quarter, but did throw three interceptions.

Holmes was the leading Raiders receiver, as he caught four passes for 50 yards including the last touchdown pass of the 2016 season.

Michael Crabtree was forced to leave the game with a concussion in the second half, but before he left, he caught two passes for 33 yards. On the other hand, Amari Cooper also caught two passes for just 10 yards and also dropped several passes.

Murray was the leading rusher for the Raiders, as he carried the ball 12 times for 39 yards and that one touchdown.

The Raiders were atrocious on third down, as they failed to convert their first 11 third down conversions and ended up going up 2-for-16. Their only third down conversions came in the fourth quarter, and on the same drive where Holmes caught his touchdown pass.

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