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Nine things to know about the Chiefs’ playoff opponent: the Houston Texans

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. The Associated Press

The Houston Texans wrapped up the AFC South title on Sunday when they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-6*.

*Actually when the Saints beat the Falcons, they technically won, but that’s because of a bizarre set of circumstances that would have given the Colts the division title.

So the Texans are the No. 4 seed and will be host to the fifth-seeded Chiefs.

Here are nine things to know about the Texans, who finished the season with a 9-7 record.

1. Houston has had five quarterbacks throw at least two passes this season. Brian Hoyer is the starter and will be the guy the Chiefs face. Ryan Mallett, who threw a touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ 27-20 season-opening win at Houston, finished the season with the Ravens after making four starts for Houston. The others are T.J. Yates (who made two starts), Brandon Weeden (who made one start after making three for Dallas and getting cut) and B.J. Daniels. Yeah, we haven’t heard of B.J. Daniels, either.

2. In their game Sunday against the Jaguars, Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown suffered a right knee injury. He had to leave the field on a cart. A report said Brown had a torn tendon in the knee and would miss the playoffs.

3. Houston has never lost a home playoff game. The Texans beat the Bengals 19-13 in the 2012 playoffs, then lost 41-28 at New England. In the 2011 playoffs, Houston beat Cincinnati, winning 31-10, before losing 20-13 at Baltimore.

4. According to the Texans’ web site, after they lost to the Colts in the fifth week of the season, their chances of making the playoffs were just 17 percent, according to fivethirtyeight.com. The Texans finished with a 9-7 record and, of course, a 100 percent chance of making the playoffs.

5. Perhaps you’ve heard of defensive star J.J. Watt. He broke his left hand before a December game against the Patriots, and played with a cast for three games. However, Watt played Sunday without the cast and had three sacks, giving him 17 1/2 for the season.

6. Houston held opponents to 17 points or fewer eight times. The Texans were third in total defense entering Sunday’s game (316.5 yards per game) and third in pass defense (212.2 yards per game). The Texans’ defensive coordinator is Romeo Crennel, who was the Chiefs’ head coach before Andy Reid. However, Houston also gave up 44 points to the Dolphins and 48 to the Falcons.

7. Looking for good wins? The Texans beat the Jets one week after handing the Bengals their first loss of the season.

8. Star running back Arian Foster had a rough season. He played in just four games because of injuries. The Texans’ main back is Alfred Blue. He has rushed for at least 100 yards three times this season.

9. The Texans’ biggest threat in the passing game is DeAndre Hopkins, who caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards.

Here is a quick, one-minute scouting report of the Houston Texans, who are the Chiefs' first playoff opponent.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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