I can remember the games that really turned me into a ride-or-die type of fan. Dante Culpepper and Randy Moss came to Houston and went up 21-0 on us. In the second half, mostly in the 4th quarter if I remember correctly, the Texans rallied back to tie the game. Andre Johnson scored two TDs in the comeback and one of them is forever burned into my mind. The start of overtime, I'm pretty sure the Texans got the ball first and went three and out. Either way, the first play that the Vikings had the ball, Culpepper dropped back and just heaved that shit...Randy Moss was gliding 15 yards ahead of three Texans, and the game was over. It was what I like to call a "miraculous loss."
Another game was the year the Texans beat the Panthers the year that they went to the Super Bowl. That year we nearly beat the Patriots, too. Vinieteri missed kicks and we had a guy named Roman Walker, who wore my favorite number, block 2 kicks as well. A miraculous loss.
The game against Arizona a few years back where Andre BULLDOZED motherfuckers for rallying 4th quarter TDs. Miraculous loss.
The game against the cocksucking Titans where Sage Rosunfels came in and threw THREE 4th quarter TDs, only for Kerry Collins to drive them down field with a minute left for yet ANOTHER Rod Bironas game winner. I hate that fucking Mexican. Miraculous loss.
The countless games stolen from us against the Colts, either by the refs or our shitty defenses. Usually a combination of both. I can't bring myself to look for video highlights of those goddamn games.
Another recent loss that burns deep in me was the Monday Night game against the Ravens, who I couldn't hate more. ANOTHER 4th quarter rally, only for Schaub to throw a game losing pick 6 in overtime. SIGH.
However, this year was different (with the exception of the rig job by the NFL in the Colts game in week 16). The Texans were the ones on the beneficial end of these miraculous losses, making them miraculous wins. The game against Atlanta where Julio Jones was making plays and just landing out of bounds, or a penalty at the LOS negating the gain. We got lucky as shit that game. The same with the Cincinnati game. The Texans ALWAYS lost these games. I know we had the Kansas City and Washington games last season, but we still lost the same kind of games that season. That's what separates this Texans team from the rest.
I can't say quite how proud of this team I am. Not Gary Kubiak...I'm talking about the players like Andre who had to be great when this team was god awful. But more than anything, I'm happy for me. I put in an inordinate amount of emotion to my fandom of the Texans, so I am way overdue some winning seasons and playoff success. Do it for Chives, Texans. Do it for Chives.