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Houston Texans News: December 23, 2013

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, December 23, 2013.

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Houston Texans News

Schaub’s future hanging in the balance after another poor performance
Matt Schaub spent 14 weeks in denial. When his 10-year career was suddenly in limbo and the Texans decided a former undrafted rookie was a better option to save their sinking season than a 2012 Pro Bowl quarterback, Schaub initially ignored reality, sticking to stale optimism while insisting he was just waiting for another chance to lead his shaken team.

Johnson ties record with 5th 100-catch season
Despite the Texans’ historic struggles this season, Andre Johnson has continued to put up numbers that have him on track for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans
HOUSTON -- Thoughts from the Houston Texans' 37-13 loss to the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium: What it means: Nothing, really. A win Sunday would...

Texans didn't like allowing record
HOUSTON -- Coming into this game, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would break the NFL's single-season record...

Matt Schaub era likely closes at Reliant Stadium
HOUSTON -- Amid the postgame swirl of players, coaches and cameras on the field, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub found the man in whose shadow he has...

J. J. Watt Surfaces As A Superhero While Houston Texans Continue To Suffer - Forbes
DC Comics and Gatorade team up to create comic book featuring Houston Texans defensive end J. J. Watt.

Around the League

NFL playoff picture: Eagles win over Bears sets up play-in games against Cowboys, Packers -
The winner of Eagles-Cowboys and Bears-Packers will be headed to the playoffs. The losers' season will come to an end.

Cowboys Show Resolve In Comeback Win Over Redskins - Blogging The Boys
Things looked very bleak for the Cowboys in Washington, but somehow they managed to rescue themselves from more embarrassment.

Eagles vs. Bears Final Score: Philadelphia Routs Chicago In Blowout Victory, 54-11 - Bleeding Green Nation
The Eagles put up over 500 yards of total offense in a blowout victory over the Chicago Bears.

Chicago Bears vs Philadelphia Eagles Final Score: Bears lose 54-11 - Windy City Gridiron
It was an ugly showing for Sunday Night Football, and now the Bears have to refocus on Green Bay in Week 17.

Steelers vs. Packers Final Score 38-31: Miscues and Referee Mistakes Mar Close Contest - Acme Packing Company
The Packers drop a heart breaker and lose control over their postseason destiny.

Saints vs. Panthers Final Score 17-13: Cam Newton Leads Game-Winning Drive - Canal Street Chronicles
A defensive collapse in the waning seconds costs the Saints a chance to win the NFC South crown and lockup a playoff berth in their disappointing last-second loss 17-13 to the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

Panthers 17, Saints 13 Recap: Are You Kidding Me? Playoffs? - Cat Scratch Reader
Defying the odds, the rain, and a late 4th quarter deficit, the Carolina Panthers avenge their earlier loss and beat their division rival the New Orleans Saints, 17-13.

Seahawks lose to Cardinals 17-10 in odd game, in part thanks to controversial interception call - Field Gulls
And also because the offense did too late, too late.

Patriots vs. Ravens Final Score: Defense Leads 41-7 Rout For Pats - Pats Pulpit

The New England Patriots defense forced four turnovers and had two defensive touchdowns as the Patriots routed the Baltimore Ravens 41-7 on Sunday.

Dolphins vs Bills recap: Ugly loss in Buffalo ends Dolphins control of playoff destiny - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins leave western New York yesterday having played an ugly game against the Buffalo Bills and failing to score a single point. The loss took the Dolphins' control of their playoff destiny, but did not end their chances.

Cardinals shock the Seahawks, win at Centurylink Field 17-10 - Revenge of the Birds
The Cardinals' playoff hopes live to see another week, as they took down the Seahawks 17-10 in a defensively dominated game.

Cincinnati Bengals clinch postseason berth with 42-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings - Cincy Jungle
The Cincinnati Bengals needed a win and a loss by the Miami Dolphins for a postseason berth on Sunday. They got it with another blowout home win and a Dolphins loss to the Bills.

Ravens-Patriots final score: Baltimore routed 41-7 at home - Baltimore Beat Down
It was an ugly day at M&T Bank Stadium.

Colts-Chiefs final score: KC's inconsistency loses the game, 23-7 - Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs struggled on both offense and defense in a loss to the Colts. Read our drive-by-drive recap here.

Chargers-Raiders Final Score: San Diego Chargers defeat Oakland Raiders 26-13, keep playoff hopes alive - Bolts From The Blue
The San Diego Chargers move to 8-7 and keep their hopes alive, while getting some revenge against the 4-11 Oakland Raiders, with a convincing win on Sunday.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

No Harden, No Lin, No Asik, No Problem Rockets beat Pistons 114-97 - The Dream Shake
Dwight Howard showed Detroit how a superstar center does it.

Isaiah Canaan called up from D-League; may debut vs. Mavericks - The Dream Shake
The 34th overall pick for the Houston Rockets Isaiah Canaan will make his NBA debut against the Dallas Mavericks after being called up from the Vipers.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was -What was your biggest takeaway from the #Texans' loss to the #Broncos today? #TTTQ

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