Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson and New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham each found the end zone in their teams’ wins on Wildcard Saturday.
Johnson caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from T.J. Yates in the third quarter to put the Texans up 24-10 on the Cincinnati Bengals. Playing in their first-ever playoff game, the postseason win was also the first in franchise history. “This is something not just for me, but for the whole organization,” Johnson said according to the Associated Press. “It’s a very special feeling. That’s probably the most I’ve smiled in a long time.”
Graham caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Saints’ win over the Detroit Lions. Like Johnson’s score, Graham’s extended his team’s lead to two scores as the Saints went up 24-14. They would go on to win 45-28. Graham passed Kellen Winslow Sr.‘s 1,290-yard NFL record for single-season receiving yards for a tight end, although New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski passed Graham’s new mark a short time later.
Johnson missed most of the season due to injury, seeing action in only seven regular season games. He had not scored since September 18 in the Texans’ win over the Miami Dolphins. Graham is the current leader of the Hurricanes’ NFL Touchdown Streak II, which began in Week 12 after a former Hurricane failed to score in Week 11 this season following 149 consecutive regular season weeks. He has five touchdowns since Week 12, and finished the regular season with a total of 11, leading all former Hurricanes. Postseason scores do not count towards the regular season touchdown streak.
Today’s Hurricanes to watch are RB Willis McGahee, LB D.J. Williams, and OL Orlando Franklin of the Denver Broncos; S Kenny Phillips and S Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants; and P Matt Bosher, LB Spencer Adkins, and C Brett Romberg of the Atlanta Falcons.