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|12-29-2014, 06:20 PM||#1|
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Texans reflect on their 9-7 season
After the Houston Texans came up just short of making the playoffs on Sunday, J.J. Watt had just one regret.
"I want to win more games," he said. "We could've won more games."
Watt had three sacks, a safety and forced a fumble Sunday to strengthen his case for MVP and help the Texans to a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The Texans (9-7) had a shot at making the playoffs, but Baltimore beat Cleveland 20-10 to claim the final AFC wild-card spot.
"You're excited about the win and everything that happened and you're hoping," Watt said. "But that's what happens when you leave it in somebody else's hands."
Andre Johnson helped out in the win with a season-high 134 yards receiving and a touchdown for Houston which made a seven-game improvement over last season's 2-14 record under first-year coach Bill O'Brien.
Johnson gave Houston a 21-17 lead with an 8-yard reception early in the fourth. Watt made it 23-17 when he sacked Blake Bortles in the end zone for a safety a few minutes later. The sack gave him 20 1/2 this season, making him the first player in NFL history to have two seasons with 20 or more sacks after he also had 20 1/2 when he won Defensive Player of the Year 2012.
The Jaguars (3-13) had a chance to take the lead late, but Cecil Shorts III was out of bounds on a catch on fourth down.
Bortles threw for 117 yards as he struggled to move the offense for most of the day under near-constant pressure from Watt and company.
Watt danced happily to the song "Turn Down For What" after returning to the sideline after his safety. The defensive end, who has scored five touchdowns this season, smiled as the sellout crowd chanted "MVP, MVP."
Watt is looking to become the first defensive player to win NFL Most Valuable Player since Lawrence Taylor did it in 1986. The winner will be announced by The Associated Press on Jan. 31.
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