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The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Texans History? SI Picks the 2012 Playoff Loss

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Texans included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a game that stopped the Texans from playing in the AFC Title Game in the 2012 season.

Houston Texans: Jan. 15, 2012, AFC divisional round—Ravens 20, Texans 13

The Texans’ first-ever playoff season included this game, which they could have won under different circumstances. The problem was that their two top quarterbacks, Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart, were out with injuries, so head coach Gary Kubiak had to put things in the hands of third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. Still, with the Ravens falling all over themselves, the Texans would have had an opportunity to win but for Yates’s three interceptions—the final one thrown to Ed Reed at the Baltimore four-yard line with less than three minutes left in the game.

“To come out and play the way this team has played, I think it’s just remarkable,” team owner Bob McNair said after the game. “Where would New England have been if [Tom] Brady wasn’t playing, and if Wes Welker wasn’t playing, and if their best defensive player wasn’t playing? Go down the list of any of these teams and ask where they would be—and they wouldn’t be in the playoffs. And this team was in the playoffs.”

Yes, they were. And with a better quarterback, who knows what might have happened?

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