The Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals for the first playoff game in franchise history. After losing starting quarterback Matt Schaub to a foot injury in the 10th game of the season and backup Matt Leinart in the next game, backup T.J. Yates marshaled the Texans offense to end the regular season. The rookie out of North Carolina managed the offense (11-20, 159 yards, one touchdown) while running back Arian Foster starred (24 carries, 153 yards, two touchdowns) in a 31-10 win over the Bengals.
2 of 6Tony Tribble/AP
Dec. 11, 2011
Third-string quarterback T.J. Yates helps rally Houston to a 20-19 win over Cincinnati and clinch the Texans' first division title. Yates throws for 300 yards and two touchdowns, including a 6-yard pass to Kevin Walter with only two seconds left.
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Sept. 8, 2002
The Texans play their first game in team history against the in-state rival Dallas Cowboys. Led by first overall pick David Carr, the Texans take an early lead and eventually clinch the game on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Corey Bradford. Carr leads a huge upset of the favorite Cowboys, 19-10.
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Feb. 6, 2000
Owner Bob McNair unveils the NFL's newest expansion team and the league's 32nd franchise to a crowd of thousands on Houston's Texas Avenue. The new team was to be called the Houston Texans, with the colors "Deep Steel Blue," "Battle Red," and "Liberty White." The team hired Dom Capers to be its first coach.
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The Texans draft Andre Johnson with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Johnson is now in his 10th NFL season and is a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time First-Team All-Pro and easily the best receiver in Texans' history. The two other wide receivers drafted in the first round -- Charles Rogers (second overall) and Bryan Johnson (17th) -- were two significant draft busts.
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Sept. 12, 2010
Undrafted second-year running back Arian Foster won the starting job out of camp, but remained relatively unknown despite two strong games to close the 2009 season. On the first game of the 2010 season, Foster became a household NFL name -- rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns against Indianapolis. It was one of eight games of over 100 rushing yards for Foster that season and established him as an elite NFL running back.
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