2011 Houston Texans Season
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2011 Houston Texans Season
2011 Houston Texans season
OwnerBob McNair
Head coachGary Kubiak
General managerRick Smith
Home fieldReliant Stadium
Division place1st AFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Bengals) 31-10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Ravens) 13-20
Pro Bowlers

The 2011 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 10th season in the National Football League and the 6th under head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans improved on their record from the 2010 season, despite losing starting quarterback Matt Schaub & backup Matt Leinart to season ending injuries. Third stringer T.J. Yates filled in, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 20-19 in Week 14 and clinching the AFC South. It also assured the Texans of at least one playoff game at home--the first NFL playoff game in Houston since 1993. After reaching the Divisional match against the Baltimore Ravens, the Texans suffered their maiden loss in the NFL Playoffs, losing 20-13.

Prior to the season, former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was hired as defensive coordinator, replacing Frank Bush who was terminated by Texans owner Bob McNair.[1] The Texans defense made major improvements in Phillips' first year calling Houston's defensive plays. The team allowed the fourth-fewest points in the league in 2011 (compared to fourth most in 2010), the second-fewest yards allowed (third-most in 2010) and third-fewest yards per play (4.8, compared to 6.0, second-worst in 2010).


2011 draft board

^[a] Compensatory selection.



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 15 New York Jets W 20-16 1-0 Reliant Stadium Recap
2 August 20 New Orleans Saints W 27-14 2-0 Reliant Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at San Francisco 49ers W 30-7 3-0 Candlestick Park Recap
4 September 1 at Minnesota Vikings L 0-28 3-1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 11 Indianapolis Colts W 34-7 1-0 Reliant Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at Miami Dolphins W 23-13 2-0 Sun Life Stadium Recap
3 September 25 at New Orleans Saints L 33-40 2-1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 October 2 Pittsburgh Steelers W 17-10 3-1 Reliant Stadium Recap
5 October 9 Oakland Raiders L 20-25 3-2 Reliant Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Baltimore Ravens L 14-29 3-3 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
7 October 23 at Tennessee Titans W 41-7 4-3 LP Field Recap
8 October 30 Jacksonville Jaguars W 24-14 5-3 Reliant Stadium Recap
9 November 6 Cleveland Browns W 30-12 6-3 Reliant Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 37-9 7-3 Raymond James Stadium Recap
11 Bye
12 November 27 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 20-13 8-3 EverBank Field Recap
13 December 4 Atlanta Falcons W 17-10 9-3 Reliant Stadium Recap
14 December 11 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20-19 10-3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Carolina Panthers L 13-28 10-4 Reliant Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Indianapolis Colts L 16-19 10-5 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
17 January 1 Tennessee Titans L 22-23 10-6 Reliant Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Texans began their season at home against the AFC South division foes, Colts. With the win, the Texans started the season out at 1-0.

Week 2: at Miami Dolphins

The Texans went on the road to face the Dolphins. With the win, the Texans improved to 2-0.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

With the loss, the Texans fell to 2-1.

Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

With the win, the Texans improved to 3-1.

Week 5: vs. Oakland Raiders

With the loss, the Texans fell to 3-2 and they lost both their second game and first home game against the Raiders.

Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens

With the loss, the Texans fell to 3-3.

Week 7: at Tennessee Titans

With the win, the Texans improved to 4-3.

Week 8: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Battle Red Day

With the win, the Texans improved to 5-3.

Week 9: vs. Cleveland Browns

With the win, the Texans improved to 6-3.

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the win, the Texans went on their bye week 7-3. However, Matt Schaub was lost for the season due to a Lisfranc injury on his right foot.

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, not only the Texans improved to 8-3, but swept the Jaguars for the 1st time since 2006. The Texans had to play the remainder of the season with T.J. Yates at QB after losing Matt Leinart for the season with a broken collarbone.

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons

With the win, the Texans improved to 9-3.

Week 14: at Cincinnati Bengals

With the last-second win, the Texans improved to 10-3 and clinched the franchise's first playoff berth and AFC South division title.

Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers

With the loss, the Texans' seven-game winning streak was snapped, falling to 10-4. Houston also lost to the Panthers for the first time in franchise history.

Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts

With the loss, the Texans fell to 10-5.

Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans

Jake Delhomme and the Texans line up against the Titans

With the loss, the Texans would end their season at 10-6 and the AFC's #3 seed.


AFC South
(3)Houston Texans 10 6 0 .625 4-2 8-4 381 278 L3
Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 325 317 W2
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 3-3 4-8 243 329 W1
Indianapolis Colts 2 14 0 .125 2-4 2-10 243 430 L1



Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 7 3:30 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals (6) W 31-10 1-0 Reliant Stadium NBC Recap
Divisional January 15 12:00 p.m. CST at Baltimore Ravens (2) L 13-20 1-1 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap

Game summaries

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: vs. #6 Cincinnati Bengals

Making their NFL postseason debut as the AFC's #3 seed, the Texans began their playoff run at home in the AFC Wild Card Round against the #6 Cincinnati Bengals, in a rematch of their Week 14 contest. Not only was this the Texans' first postseason game, it was the franchise's first game ever broadcast nationally on NBC, they were also the last NFL team to finally play on NBC, since their 2006 inception.

Houston trailed in the first quarter with Bengals running back Cedric Benson getting a 1-yard touchdown run, yet the Texans answered with an 8-yard touchdown run from running back Arian Foster. Cincinnati struck back in the second quarter with kicker Mike Nugent getting a 37-yard field goal, but Houston took the lead with a 39-yard field goal from kicker Neil Rackers, followed by rookie defensive end J.J. Watt returning an interception 29 yards for a touchdown. From there, the Texans took control with rookie quarterback T.J. Yates finding wide receiver Andre Johnson on a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter, followed by a 42-yard touchdown run by Foster in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Texans improved their overall record to 11-6.

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #2 Baltimore Ravens

With the loss, the Texans finished the overall season 11-7.


Final roster


  1. ^ "Texans hire Phillips as defensive coordinator". January 2011.

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