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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, January 8, 2016.

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How Houston Texans crafted the game plan for Jacksonville Jaguars - NFL - SI.com
Before the decisive game of their season, the Texans gave SI an exclusive look at how they decided on the plays they would call.

Texans Cheerleaders Celebrate Team’s Playoff Berth Harder Than Anyone (Video) | NFL | NESN.com
The Houston Texans probably were pretty excited about winning the AFC South in Week 17 of the NFL season. But they weren't as excited as the Texans cheerleaders.

NFL Playoff Preview: Chiefs, Texans are mirror images in many ways | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: On paper, the AFC's fourth seed and fifth seed are remarkably similar.

Five Things to Watch in Chiefs vs. Texans: Who Can Protect Their QB?
Here are five storylines to follow during the game on Saturday.

Watt's playoff history bodes well for Texans against Chiefs | FOX Sports
And as Houston looks to end Kansas City's 10-game winning streak in the wild-card round of the playoffs, it can take comfort in this: Some of the star defensive end's best games have come in the postseason.

Texans' O'Brien, Chiefs' Reid rewarding their clubs' faith - Houston Chronicle
Owners who are in the process of hiring new head coaches wish they could duplicate what Kansas City and the Texans have achieved with Andy Reid and Bill O'Brien.

Jadeveon Clowney returns to Houston Texans practice on a limited basis - AFC South- ESPN
Clowney missed the Texans' regular-season finale against Jacksonville with a foot injury.

Around the League

Grading the 32 NFL players we thought would break out in 2015 - SBNation.com
In August, retired NFL defensive end Stephen White picked a breakout player for every NFL team. So how'd they do this season?

Charles Woodson was one of the most influential people in my life - SBNation.com
From his days at Michigan through his storied NFL career, Charles Woodson could make any skeptic happy with what he did on the field.

Brett Favre leads 2016 Hall of Fame finalists - SBNation.com
Favre, Owens and Faneca all made it as finalists in their first year of eligibility.

The Chiefs and Seahawks might just own the NFL playoffs - SBNation.com
The NFL playoffs start Saturday! Stephen White, Danny Kelly and Ryan Van Bibber make picks, preview the games ... and talk a little about the Lovie Smith firing in Tampa Bay.

4 NFL teams screwed up their head coaching situations - SBNation.com
The Colts and Saints learned from the 49ers' debacle last year and rightfully stood behind Chuck Pagano and Sean Payton. Unfortunately for the Browns, Bucs, Chargers and Eagles, they just made things worse.

Peyton Manning is the Broncos' starter for the playoffs - SBNation.com
Brock Osweiler will be replaced by Peyton Manning, who recaptured his spot as a starter after a strong showing in Week 17.

Washington's offensive line could surprise the Packers - SBNation.com
Washington's offensive line has done a great job protecting Kirk Cousins this season. Can they keep him upright against the Packers on Wild Card Weekend?

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Jose Altuve is so good the Rangers are already giving him hits - The Crawfish Boxes
What is that we see on the Rangers' new scoreboard mockup?

Rockets vs. Jazz Final Score: One injured team beats another - The Dream Shake
The banged-up Rockets prevailed over the even-more-banged-up Jazz with a strong showing in the second half.

4-star Texas DT target Stephon Taylor releases top 5 schools - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns remain in a good position to finish strong with another key Louisiana target.

Texas Tech Falls To #13 Iowa State, 76-69 - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders lose a tough one at #13 ISU. Here's the recap and highlight videos.

Frogs O'War Podcast: Remembering the Alamo Bowl and Reflecting on 2015 - Frogs O' War
Discussing the 2015 season and the terrific Alamo Bowl win. But don't look back in anger fellow frogs, the first chapter of TCU's Power 5 legacy is over, but the story is far from over...

Chancellor Sharp vs. Chip Brown: WHO YA GOT? - Good Bull Hunting
The chancellor of one of the largest universities in the world is trading barbs with a University of Texas... blogger.

Texas A&M Off-Season Soap Opera Continues Unabated - Barking Carnival
The off-season merry-go-round for Texas A&M continues Tuesday as their Athletics Director resigns just one day after giving Kevin Sumlin a vote of confidence.

Texas State Hires Everett Withers, and Twitter Loves It - Underdog Dynasty
The Internet agrees, Bobcats got the right guy.

Brad Davis Traded to Sporting Kansas City - Dynamo Theory
Houston Dynamo Captain Brad Davis traded to Sporting Kansas City

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