Rookie Phenom C.J. Stroud Dominates as Houston Texans Crush Cleveland Browns in Wild-Card Upset

HOUSTON, TEXAS — The underdog Houston Texans brought the roaring cheers of their fans to a crescendo at NRG Stadium during a stunning game against the Cleveland Browns. Led by rookie sensation C.J. Stroud, the Texans dominated the wild-card round with a score of 45-14. Stroud’s performance was nothing short of extraordinary, going 16 of 21 for 274 yards and three touchdowns, with an impressive 157.2 passer rating. Even more remarkable, Stroud achieved these numbers in just the first half of the game.

The 22-year-old quarterback made the Browns’ defense look like mere fictional characters, effortlessly evading sacks and completing a 38-yard pass to Nico Collins. Backup quarterback Davis Mills praised Stroud’s ability to read the defense and make the most of every opportunity. The Texans’ defense also shone brightly in the second half, with DeMeco Ryans’ unit scoring two pick-sixes on consecutive plays, shutting out the Browns and securing a resounding victory.

Stroud’s playoff win made him the youngest quarterback in NFL history to achieve such a feat. His teammates are in awe of his potential, with third-string quarterback Case Keenum boldly declaring that Stroud has the ability to become the best of all time. This sentiment is echoed by wide receiver Brevin Jordan, who noted Stroud’s extraordinary maturity and leadership even during training camp.

This inspiring triumph marks a dramatic turnaround for the Texans, who endured years of dysfunction and turmoil. After acquiring head coach DeMeco Ryans, a former Texans player and defensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers, the team experienced a remarkable transformation. This season, they clinched their first division title since 2019 and secured a spot in the playoffs.

With the Texans’ future looking brighter than ever, fans like Carlos Lopez have newfound hope. No longer limited by previous expectations, Lopez believes this team has the potential to become a force to be reckoned with.