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Tomorrow: Houston Texans Playoff Tickets Go On Sale

 

Houston Texans tickets for the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. CT. Opponent, time and date will be determined Sunday evening.

Playoff tickets will only be available for purchase online. They will not be available at the NRG Stadium box office. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can do so at Ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $61-$191.

 Due to the high demand and limited supply of tickets for the game, the Texans encourage any fans seeking tickets on the secondary market to utilize the Ticketmaster Ticket Exchange at www.ticketmaster.com/ticketexchange. The Ticket Exchange is the only NFL-affiliated resale outlet and is the only resale outlet that can guarantee the validity of every game ticket purchased.

Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys Postgame Notes

TEXANS TEAM NOTES

THE TEXANS…
· Finished 4-0 in the preseason for the first time in franchise history
· Scored 28 points, which is the team’s second-highest single-game total of the preseason
· Recorded 374 net yards of total offense (232 passing, 142 rushing), 25 first downs and 39:39 time of possession, while converting 9-of-16 (56%) third downs
· Held the Cowboys to 161 net yards of offense (83 passing, 78 rushing), 12 first downs, 20:21 time of possession and 2-of-10 (20%) on third down
· Forced (ILB Max Bullough) and recovered (CB Charles James) a fumble in their fourth straight game, giving them 11 total takeaways in the preseason
· Recorded a pick-six (S Antonio Allen) in their second straight game of the preseason
· Led at halftime for the third straight week of the preseason
· Scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions over the second and third quarters

SCORING PLAYS
· 2nd Quarter – RB Akeem Hunt scored his first rushing touchdown of the preseason on a 3-yard run in the second quarter, tying the game at 7-7 after K Nick Novak made the extra point
· 2nd Quarter – WR Keith Mumphery caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from QB Brandon Weeden in the second quarter, which marked both players’ first touchdown and the Texans’ longest offensive play of the preseason
· 3rd Quarter – RB Akeem Hunt scored on a 10-yard pass from QB Tom Savage in the third quarter, giving the Texans a 21-10 lead
· 4th Quarter – S Antonio Allen scored on a 9-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Houston a 28-17 lead

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
· The following Texans player was a captain for the game: P Shane Lechler
· Dallas won the toss and elected receive the ball to start the game. Houston received the ball to start the second half

 

TEXANS INDIVIDUAL NOTES

 

S ANTONIO ALLEN

  • Intercepted Cowboys QB Jameill Showers in the fourth quarter and returned the ball nine yards for a touchdown, which was his first pick of the preseason
  • The interception also marked the team’s second game in a row with a pick-six

 

ILB MAX BULLOUGH

  • Forced a fumble on Cowboys QB Jameill Showers in the second quarter, which was recovered by CB Charles James

 

DE JOEL HEATH

  • Tied for the team lead with four tackles (two solo), including his first sack of the preseason, and added a single-game high three quarterback hits

 

RB KENNY HILLIARD

  • Led the team with preseason single-game high 86 rushing yards on 29 carries

 

RB AKEEM HUNT

  • Became the first Texans player with a rushing and receiving touchdown this preseason
  • Scored his first rushing touchdown of the preseason on a 3-yard run in the second quarter, tying the game at 7-7
  • Recorded his first receiving touchdown on a 10-yard pass from QB Tom Savage in the third quarter, giving the Texans a 21-10 lead
  • Totaled 44 rushing yards on 12 attempts and tied for the team lead with four receptions for 27 yards. Also returned two kickoffs for 46 yards

 

CB CHARLES JAMES

  • Recovered a fumble in the second quarter, which was forced by ILBMax Bullough on Cowboys QB Jameill Showers
  • Led the team with two special teams tackles and had three tackles on defense

 

P SHANE LECHLER

  • Punted three times for 109 yards with a long of 48 yards and pinned two inside the 20-yard line

 

WR KEITH MUMPHERY

  • Caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from QB Brandon Weeden, which was his first receiving touchdown and the team’s longest offensive play of the preseason
  • Recorded three catches for 83 yards, which marks a preseason single-game high for the Texans

 

CB ROBERT NELSON

  • Tied for the team lead with four tackles (three solo) and led the team with two passes defensed

 

K NICK NOVAK

  • Made four PATS, giving him a total of 26 points scored for the preseason

 

ILB SHAKEEL RASHAD

  • Finished with two tackles and his first sack of the preseason

 

QB TOM SAVAGE

  • Started his first game of the preseason and completed 12-of-18 passes (66.7%) for 119 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a 103.7 passer rating
  • Threw his team-leading fourth touchdown pass of the preseason to RB Akeem Hunt in the third quarter

 

WR CECIL SHORTS III

  • Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 27 yards

 

QB BRANDON WEEDEN

  • Threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to WRKeith Mumphery, which was his first passing touchdown and the team’s longest offensive play of the preseason
  • Completed 9-of-13 passes (69.2%) for 116 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a 90.5 passer rating

General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Rick Smith Pre-Draft Press Conference

(Transcribed by Brett Maikowski and Omar Majzoub)

(opening statement)

“I’m excited and happy to see you all. I’ve got some markers in this process. Yesterday, we met with the doctors and the trainers. This morning, I met with the security department. With the final medical meeting yesterday, the final security meeting today, and then this meeting with you all, those markers all signal that it’s getting close, so I’m excited about that. I always like to start by applauding the efforts of our group. This year is no different. In fact, this year—maybe it is a little bit different because we had a transition with our department. Mike Maccagnan, obviously, was named general manager of the New York Jets, so in the middle of our process we had to switch gears and we elevated Jon Carr to the director of college scouting role. Jon leading the department has done an outstanding job in that transition. I’m very pleased with the efforts that he was able to produce, as well as Brian Gaine. We elevated Brian Gaine as well to director of player personnel. The combination between the two guys and we hired a young man by the name of Matt Jansen, who was here before and had left and gone to the Baltimore Ravens. We brought him back in the role of college scouting coordinator. Those men and their efforts in terms of organizing the department and managing that transition from Mike to what they were able to do in those roles was really fantastic. All of our college scouts did a great job this year in terms of evaluating this draft class. The coaches did an outstanding job, as they always do, of coming in after the season and getting to know the group. We sent some coaches out this year- a little bit different in the process. We always tweak our process. We’re always looking at the way that we do things in an attempt to improve. We looked at the process and one of the things we implemented this year was we sent coaches out to some pro days. We think that was something that was beneficial for us. I think we’ve done a really good job and a thorough job, as it ought to be, and an exhaustive job in getting as much information on these prospects in this draft class as possible. I think we’ve got a really good feel for how we feel about them and where they rank and how they’re valued. I like our board and I like our process. As I stated, I’m excited and I’m ready to go. Thursday can’t get here quick enough. With that, I will take your questions.”

(on how things have changed in the second year working with Head Coach Bill O’Brien)

“It’s been really good. We are exponentially better. I don’t know how you value that, but just from the standpoint of familiarity and understanding what we are looking for as a scouting department relative to that communication with the coaches. That’s been much better this year. I think we have done a better job of articulating our vision for each of these players. We’ve got an idea of what the player will do when he comes into our group. We’ve really identified those roles that the player will come in and fill. I think from that perspective, just the communication has been so much better than last year. It’s been great to work with Bill. Bill is an excellent partner. I’ve really enjoyed working with him over the year and we are into the last real phase of any part of the year where it’s his first time. We’ve in effect been through everything together now that you typically in a colander year will experience. It’s really good to be in this process with a year of experience with him and I think we’re better for it.”

(on if the team has decided to pick up the fifth year option on OLB Whitney Mercilus)

“We’re having those conversations and we’re still contemplating that. What I will tell you about Whitney is this: Whitney is very similar to two players that you saw addressed in free agency, whether we’re talking about a first-rounder with Kareem (Jackson) or a seventh-rounder with Derek Newton. These are young players that we feel like are still on the rise, that are getting better, that have a role on our football team, that are good teammates, that work hard, and that we see their level of play continuing to ascend. Whitney falls in that category, so he is a guy that we would absolutely love to continue to have here. That’s something that is our intention. Whether or not we pick that up really is not as important as the fact that we want him around for a long time.”

(on if having three quarterbacks on the roster precludes the team from taking a quarterback in the first three rounds)

“No, it doesn’t preclude us from doing anything. No, not at all. It’s a quarterback league. I think our quarterback position, as we stand today, is better than it was a year ago. I do think that the addition of Brian (Hoyer) was another important free agent acquisition and contract that I was very happy that we were able to get done because I watch him in this building. Just the competitive environment in the quarterback room, it’s going to be fun to watch. Both those guys, when you talk about Ryan (Mallett) and you talk about Brian, they are competing every day. I think that it’s an important year for Tom (Savage) as much as it’s an important year for any of these guys. I talk a lot about the jump from year one to year two has to be exponential and I’ve expressed that from time to time because it’s important. They understand the rhythm of the season. They understand how different pro football is from college football. They understand the demands. They have hopefully stabilized their life structures and have all those things in place. Some of the distractions that occur and happen to them as rookies, those things are alleviated. It’s at this point that all those first to second-year players ought to be so much better and we expect that they make that jump. We’re looking for that from Tom as well. However, that does not preclude us from taking a quarterback.”

(on turning DE J.J. Watt’s roster bonus into a signing bonus and what that allows the team to do in acquiring more players)

“Well when we wrote the contract, that was something that was always, we were always going to do that when we wrote the contract originally. That wasn’t something that we did in an effort to create more room. In effect, it did that but it was designed to do that from the time that we did it in the first place. Just as it relates to adding free agents, we will always continue to augment this roster and make it better. If there is an opportunity for us, whether it’s via trade, whether it is to add a street free agent, whether it’s to add an unrestricted free agent that’s still out there, we will always look for ways and opportunities to increase the talent on the roster. The first opportunity post-draft is obviously the college free agents process. We just had a meeting in organizing that process. That’s an important process because it can be a little bit chaotic at times because everybody’s in the marketplace at the same time and everybody’s competing for the same group of players, so you’ve got to be organized that way. We’re working through that and developing that plan. Then after that, we’ve got a rookie minicamp and we’ve got our OTAs and we’ll keep evaluating the roster and the guys that we bring in. If there are chances for us to go out and improve and get better players, then we’ll do it.”