HOUSTON — The Houston Texans took advantage of Oakland’s injury problems to beat the Raiders 27-14 in the first game on the NFL wild-card weekend. Complete Box Score
Houston’s quarterback Brock Osweiler impressed on his return from being benched, while the Texans top-ranked defense roughed-up the Raiders’ third-string rookie QB Connor Cook, who threw three interceptions and got sacked three times in the defeat.
Osweiler lost his starting spot in Week 15 on Dec 18, but was recalled on Saturday with Tom Savage out with a concussion and played perhaps his best game since his move from the Broncos.
The 26-year-old completed 14-of-25 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score for Houston, which was winning its first playoff game since the 2012 season.
Lamar Miller ran for 73 yards and a score and DeAndre Hopkins caught a pass for the touchdown for the Texans (10-7).
Meanwhile, Cook, the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make a first NFL start in a postseason game, was 18-of-45 on passes and threw for 161 yards with one touchdown for Oakland (12-5).
Houston led the Raiders 20-7 at halftime and opened up that advantage to 27-7 in the fourth quarter.
Oakland, which was 2 of 16 on third downs, tried to make a comeback run but found the Texans’ defense, led by Jadeveon Clowney, too much to handle.
Clowney, who picked up his first career interception on Saturday, said the team’s mission was to limit the visitors’ looks on offense.
“Get to the quarterback. I know he’s going to hold it, don’t know where to go with it,” he said.
“That’s what we’re hoping, trying to make plays on it.”
When these two teams met during the regular season in Week 11, Oakland won 27-20