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Houston Texans News: December 29, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, December 29, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans - Recap - December 28, 2014 - ESPN
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the Jacksonville vs. Houston game played on December 28, 2014

Texans owe big debt of gratitude to the little QB who could - Houston Chronicle
Aside from the scrapes, bruises and residue from kinesiology tape, Case Keenum didn't look like the other professional football players in the Texans' postgame locker room.

Texans’ Cal McNair says ‘no truth’ to report Smith will lose GM role - Ultimate Texans
Texans vice chairman Cal McNair said Sunday there is "absolutely no truth" to a CBS Sports report that Rick Smith will be moved out of his general manager role after this season.

J.J. Watt bolsters MVP case in Texans' win over Jaguars -
Though a Ravens victory prevented the Texans from making the playoffs, Houston's J.J. Watt led his team with three sacks in a 23-17 win over Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mixed emotions permeate Texans' locker room - Houston Chronicle
Postgame emotions in NFL locker rooms normally hinge solely on the final score, but there was a wide range of reaction on display Sunday as the Texans soaked in their final result of the 2014 season.

Around the League

NFL schedule and results: Complete coverage of Week 17 -
The playoffs are nearly settled with Seattle, Baltimore, Green Bay and Carolina locking up spots and seeding. Seattle earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC while Green Bay clinched the No. 2 seed. Pittsburgh knocked off Cincinnati to claim the AFC North.

2015 NFL Playoff Bracket
NFL playoff bracket 2015

NFL scores, news and highlights: What happened Sunday, Week 17 -
The NFL regular season is over. The playoffs are all set to begin. Join us for a look back at the regular season finale.

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers 'mutually part ways' -
After four seasons in San Francisco, Jim Harbaugh is leaving the 49ers, likely to take over the coaching duties at the University of Michigan.

2015 NFL Draft order: Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the No. 1 pick -
The Buccaneers narrowly lost on Sunday and now have the top pick in the draft for the first time since 1987. If the Tennessee Titans hold on and lose to the Colts, they'll have No. 2.

Jets will 'move swiftly' to fire Rex Ryan, John Idzik, per report -
The regular season has come to an end, and one report suggests Rex Ryan and John Idzik will be out of a job sooner rather than later.

Aaron Rodgers reacts to getting stepped on by Ndamukong Suh -
Ndamukong Suh appeared to make another dirty play on Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Everybody had opinions.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Super Astros Crawfish Boil: December 28, 2014 - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros news and notes from the past week.

Texas Bowl: Why Texas can stop the Arkansas run game - Burnt Orange Nation
The Razorbacks won't feature the best run game that the Longhorns have faced this season.

Red Raider Gridiron: Tyron Johnson Down to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State? - Viva The Matadors
New Orleans' wide receiver Tyron Johnson is set to decide during the Under Armour All-American game on January 2nd and it appears that he might be down to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State for his college choice.

Processing the Numbers, Football Edition |
The Big Peach Bowl Preview - Roll 'Bama Roll

Previewing a slugfest in Atlanta that should be one of the better games this postseason

First Look: Michigan State Spartans - Our Daily Bears
With the Cotton Bowl on a Thursday, we're taking our First Look at the Michigan State Spartans on a Sunday. Let's get to it.