Houston, Texas— The Texans clinched their third AFC South division title in four years with a 20-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Houston became the first team to start the season 0-3 and finish as division champions since the 1992 San Diego Chargers.
In the regular season finale, Houston offense put up 342 net yards of offense (208 passing, 134 rushing). Deshaun Watson completed 25-of-35 for 234 yards and added 13 carries for a team-high 66 yards and a touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins led the Texans with 12 receptions for 147 yards in his seventh 100-yard performance in 2018. Lamar Miller rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown after missing Week 16 with an ankle injury.
The Texans defense held the Jaguars to just 119 net yards of offense (89 passing, 30 rushing) and just six first downs. Blake Bortles was 15-of-28 for 107 yards, one interception and a 47.8 passer rating. Andre Hal picked off Bortles while J.J. Watt finished with four tackles (three solo), 1.5 sacks, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble.
Deandre Hopkins had one of the best seasons in franchise history. For the season, the All-Pro caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards. 11 of those receptions were touchdowns. According to the Texans media relations department, Hopkins joined Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Brandon Marshall as the only WRs to record at least 100 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in multiple season in NFL history. At the postgame press conference, Hopkins brought Texans legend Andre Johnson to the podium with him. Johnson, who shares the franchise record for 115 catches in a season, was proud of his friend and former teammate.
Deshaun Watson became the first Texans quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards since Matt Schaub in 2012. His playmaking ability has been a huge factor in giving Houston an opportunity to do damage in the playoffs.
J.J. Watt came back this year and let the world know that he's still performing as one of the best defensive players in the history of the league. To get 16 sacks after missing the bulk of back to back seasons with catastrophic injuries is almost unthinkable.
They racked up the second most wins in their history and enter the post season with as good a chance as any team in the AFC to make a run for Atlanta. They've registered five playoff appearances in the last eight years. And six winning seasons during that time. Only a handful of clubs can make such a claim.
Houston (11-5) will host Indianapolis (10-6) this Saturday afternoon at 3:35 p.m. CT in a Wild Card Playoff game. The Texans clinched the AFC South title on Sunday afternoon with a 20-3 victory over Jacksonville. The Colts, meanwhile, beat the Titans in Nashville Sunday night.