Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Texans 30, Jaguars 6

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Watt, Texans surge back to playoffs

HOUSTON — J.J. Watt was asked what it was like to play with two hands after spending the previous three games with a cast over his broken left hand.

"You tell me," Watt said with a laugh.

Watt, the All-Pro defensive end, was back to his old self Sunday, leading a dominant defense that helped the Texans to their first AFC South title since 2012. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus combined for 6½ sacks and running back Jonathan Grimes scored twice to help Houston rout Jacksonville. Watt leads the NFL with 171/2 sacks.

Mercilus tied a career high with 31/2 sacks and forced a fumble and recovered one on a day when Houston set a franchise record with eight sacks.

The win completed a remarkable turnaround for the Texans after starting 2-5. Houston actually clinched moments before their game ended with New Orleans' win, because of a strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. But that tiebreaker wasn't needed.

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