HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Kareem Jackson, FS Tyrann Mathieu, CB Kayvon Webster, QB Joe Webb, CB Shareece Wright, ILB Brian Peters, QB Brandon Weeden, RB Alfred Blue,...
HOUSTON (AP) — Saturday's wild-card game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is a matchup that seemed improbable early this season after Houston dropped its first three games and the Colts limped to a 1-5 start.
Instead of letting their tough starts lead to disappointing years, these teams which both finished 4-12 last season turned things around to lead the AFC South and charge into the postseason.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Deshaun Watson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 2:15 left, lifting the Houston Texans to a 29-22 comeback victory over Sam Darnold and the New York Jets on Saturday night.
After Darnold and Jets took their first lead of the game on Elijah McGuire's 2-yard touchdown run, Watson and the Texans (10-4) answered right back.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are in a much different place now than the first time they faced the Indianapolis Colts this season when they were 0-3 and desperate for a win.
Ka'imi Fairbairn made a field goal as time expired in overtime to lead the Texans to a 37-34 victory in that game and they haven't lost since, reeling off a franchise-record nine straight wins entering Sunday's rematch.
HOUSTON (AP) — Entering Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, rookie Baker Mayfield had been playing well and protecting the ball and the Cleveland Browns were on a roll, having won consecutive games for the first time since 2014.
The Browns (4-7-1) came back to earth on Sunday, with Mayfield throwing a career-high three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown in a 29-13 loss that extended Houston's franchise-record winning streak to nine games.
HOUSTON (AP) — On a day Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn't at his best, the defense helped the Texans pull out another win.
Johnathan Joseph's 28-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining lifted the Texans to their third straight victory, a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The Texans trailed by three when Phillip Gaines was called pass interference on Will Fuller in the end zone with 2 minutes remaining, moving the Texans 41 yards to the 1-yard line.
HOUSTON (AP) — When DeAndre Hopkins had a chance to make a play in overtime on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, Houston's star receiver was intent on redeeming himself after losing a rare fumble in the third quarter.
He did that with a spectacular 49-yard catch and run that got the Texans in scoring range, and Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a 36-yard field goal to lift the Texans to a 19-16 win.
HOUSTON (AP) — Facing a big decision in overtime on Sunday night, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett put his trust in the defense.
On fourth-and-1 on the Houston Texans' 42-yard line with less than six minutes remaining in overtime, Garrett chose to punt.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Houston Texans waited 10 months to celebrate a victory.
So when Sunday's wild game ended, they let it all out.
Players mobbed kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn after he made a 37-yard field goal in overtime, jumping up and down before leaving Indianapolis with a wild 37-34 victory to end the league's longest losing streak at nine.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich made it perfectly clear to everyone he would be aggressive when the Indianapolis Colts hired him in February.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ka'imi Fairbairn took advantage of his final chance Sunday.
The third-year kicker missed a 59-yarder to win the game at the end of regulation, then a 37-yarder near the end of overtime. But the Indianapolis Colts had called timeout just before that one, and Fairbairn finally made the decisive kick as time expired to help Houston snap the league's longest losing streak with a 37-34 victory at Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri celebrated one major milestone Sunday by becoming the NFL's career field goal leader.
He would have preferred doing it by adding to his league record for victories.
The 23-year veteran made the record-breaking 566th field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half and No. 567 on a 44-yarder in overtime to give the Indianapolis Colts a 34-31 lead before watching Ka'imi Fairbairn make two more field goals to give Houston a 37-34 victory.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed kicker Nick Novak on Thursday, waiving rookie Younghoe Koo after just four games.
Novak is a 13-year NFL veteran who has kicked for eight franchises, including the San Diego Chargers from 2011-14. He made 101 of his 117 field goal attempts for the Chargers before spending the past two seasons with Houston.
HOUSTON TEXANS (10-8)
New faces: QB Deshaun Watson, RB D'Onta Foreman, LB Zach Cunningham, K Ka'imi Fairbairn, linebackers coach Mike Vrabel promoted to defensive coordinator.
Key losses: QB Brock Osweiler, CB A.J. Bouye, S Quintin Demps, offensive coordinator George Godsey.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans released kicker Nick Novak, their starter for the past two seasons, and veteran quarterback Brandon Weeden as they reduced their roster to the 53-player maximum Saturday.
Novak lost his job because of the performance in camp of former UCLA standout Ka'imi Fairbairn. Fairbairn signed with the Texans last season after going undrafted and spent all of last year on the injured reserve.