It was a second that culminated Stroud’s promise in July when he declared at a neighborhood Houston camp that the Texans would “shock the world.” Stroud cashed in on that assertion because the Texans clinched a spot within the playoffs, one thing many did not anticipate when the season began.
Stroud mentioned it was “tremendously particular” to satisfy his promise.
“Simply the time that we put in collectively, to see the fruits of that labor to come back to be, it is a blessing,” Stroud mentioned. “Man, I am simply blessed to be part of this.”
Within the Texans’ first prime-time sport this season, Stroud went 20-of-26 for 264 yards with two touchdowns and a passer score of 138. Saturday evening capped a stellar rookie season during which he completed with 4,108 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and a passer score of 100.8. Stroud turned the fifth rookie in NFL historical past to succeed in the 4,000-yard passing milestone as he led the Texans to the playoffs for the primary time since 2019 in coach DeMeco Ryans’ first season.
“C.J. would not shock me,” Ryans mentioned. “We talked about it earlier within the week with C.J. being particular in these big-time moments once you want it most, to step up and make performs. He is accomplished it time after time all through the complete 12 months. It isn’t shocking. That is who he’s. He is among the finest passers on this league. And he reveals it persistently, sport in and sport out.”
Collins completed a landing and 195 of the Texans’ 306 whole yards. Ryans mentioned the Stroud-Collins duo “stole the present” and was “the explanation why we gained this sport.”
The duo linked early on the Texans’ first offensive play for a 75-yard landing and connected late as Collins had 37 yards on the profitable drive. Stroud engineered a 12-play, 73-yard landing drive, going 7-of-7 for 82 yards earlier than working again Devin Singletary scored the go-ahead landing with 6:23 remaining.
Moments after the sport, the odor of cigar smoke permeated the locker room because the Texans celebrated. Tight finish Brevin Jordan put his cigar down and emphatically hailed Stroud for bringing the group to the postseason.
“He is the whole lot,” Jordan advised ESPN. “While you received a man underneath middle that takes command of the entire group, he has an aura about him that is particular. There is a cause why we will the playoffs, and loads of it’s due to [Stroud].”
Texans defensive finish Will Anderson echoed the same sentiment to Jordan.
“With out [Stroud], we do not accomplish half of the issues that we’ve,” Anderson advised ESPN. “Man, [No.] 7 has been phenomenal for us. All people on this constructing appreciates having him and is blessed to have him right here. We simply received to present all credit score to 7. His persona impacts all people on this locker room. His angle and power bleed via the entire locker room. It makes all people wish to step up and preserve enjoying higher.”
As a lot as Stroud earned the appreciation from his teammates and coaches, he praised Ryans for the job he has accomplished in his first season taking up a franchise that went 11-38-1 from 2020 to 2022 once they fired three coaches in a row: Invoice O’Brien, David Culley and Lovie Smith.
“DeMeco is the right man for the job. He brings one thing out of his gamers, and it is indescribable,” Stroud mentioned. “Similar to the pressure, the psychological stability and that toughness that he talks about. I can do nothing however simply be appreciative and grateful for the place I used to be picked to be on this scenario proper now. It is simply been a blessing.”
The Texans’ opponent within the wild-card spherical has but to be decided. They are going to face the Kansas City Chiefs on the highway if the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans.
If the Payments win, paired with a Jaguars win, the Texans will journey to Buffalo to face the Payments. If the Jaguars lose to the Titans, the Texans will win the AFC South division and host the Cleveland Browns.