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Post-Game Recap/Final Score: Ghosts of Texans’ Past 6, Steelers 34

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It’s over. It’s finally over.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart. This Christmas, the Texans tore it apart.

The Texans have lost eight of their last nine games. They are 1-7 without Deshaun Watson at quarterback after going 3-3 with him as the starter this year. In yet another terrible football game, this time on Christmas against the Steelers, the Texans were manhandled. T.J. Yates couldn’t handle the blitz, was sacked constantly, and struggled to complete a pass to anyone, even DeAndre Hopkins. When the Texans finally scored, there was 12:30 left in the fourth quarter; Hopkins reached out on a high pass with his right hand, tipped it to himself, caught it with his left hand, and squeaked his feet in. The Texans ran the ball well, but it’s easy to run the ball when you are down 27-0.

Defensively, it’s the same old thing. The defensive backs were awful. Marcus Gilchrist, Kareem Jackson, Kevin Johnson, and Johnathan Joseph couldn’t cover the sun with their palm. Jackson will never learn to turn his head. Martavis Bryant battered Joseph. Johnson allowed a touchdown to Justin Hunter; yes, that Hunter from the Mike Munchak-Ken Whisenhunt era of TITAN UP! football. That sums up Johnson’s entire season. Le’Veon Bell stuttered and stopped and scored. Jadeveon Clowney made a few plays, but his big sack was negated because of a facemask penalty.

None of it matters. Nothing has mattered since Watson went down. What matters is today, and whatever it is you had going on. Enjoy the rest of your evening. Praise be that this game is finally over.