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We need to give the Houston Texans' horrific choke job the attention it deserves

We need to give the Houston Texans’ horrific choke job the attention it deserves

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A lot of football stuff happened this weekend – the Ravens were stunned at home by Titans, the Packers held on to beat the Seahawks at a frozen Lambeau and the Niners took care of business at home with no problem.

But let’s forget all about that for now and focus on one gigantic thing that happened that’s easy to forget about because of how quickly it happened – the Houston Texans coughed up a 24-0 lead to the Chiefs in a matter of minutes and suffered the type of loss that could damage a franchise for years to come.

Seriously, that happened Sunday in Kansas City and it should end up costing Bill O’Brien his job as head coach of the team.

Let’s dive into this utter nightmare, shall we?

The Texans took a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the first quarter when they blocked a punt and took it back for six.

They then made it a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter when they scored a TD after recovering a muffed punt at the Chiefs’ 9-yard line.

It was a shocking start that had many thinking we were about to see another huge upset in the AFC just hours after the No. 1 seed was sent home.

Then in the second quarter Houston faced a 4th and 1 from the Kansas City 13 yard and decided to kick a field goal instead of going for the first down and trying to go up 28-0, which would have felt much bigger than the 24-0 lead they took 10:54 left in the half.

But that moment of insecurity on O’Brien’s part proved to the turning point in the game as the Chiefs scored four times (four!) before halftime to become the first team to lead at half (28-24) after trailing by 24 points or more.

It all happened so darned quickly.

And it didn’t stop there.

The Chiefs went on a 51-7 run to win the game 51-31. Arrowhead, which spent the first quarter wondering what was going on, lost its mind. Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Fisher grabbed a fan’s beers after a touchdown and smashed them over his head in excitement. The stadium had to even announce they had ran out of celebratory fireworks after scoring so much.

THEY RAN OUT OF FIREWORKS FROM SCORING SO MUCH.

That’s the type of loss that should lead to the quietest plane ride home ever. That’s the type of loss that should lead to drastic changes for the franchise. You need to rid yourself of that bad juju that blanketed the team in stunning fashion on Sunday.

The Texans were up 24-0 in the second quarter and went to halftime down 28-24! I don’t know how you even come out of the locker room after something like that. but they did, and things only got worse.

O’Brien’s time with the team ne to be over. It’s obvious he’s never going to be the one to take them to the Super Bowl, which is the goal of every team. So why waste any more time? Why allow QB Deshaun Watson to continue to have his career wasted by a franchise that doesn’t have what it takes right now to be a winner?

Sunday was an embarrassment of epic proportions. The Falcons continue to carry 28-3 years after their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. The Texans should take 24-0 with them for just as long, if not longer.

This is a stink that is going to last for a while, and rightly so. A collapse of that level, on that stage after building such a big league should be mentioned in future playoff collapses by any team in any sport.

The Texans now need to figure out where to go from here.

Because “here” is rock bottom.

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Here’s my gif-by-gif look back at the good, the bad, and the hilarious from the weekend’s action. It starts with Chris Myers’ hilarious report on Jadeveon Clowney’s awkward groin injury and includes Jimmy Johnson’s emotional reaction to being told he will be going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Push work aside for a few and check these outs.

Quick hits: Pete Carroll’s questionable decision… Wooing fan at Lambeau… Marshawn’s cool meeting with Rodgers… And more!

– Pete Carroll got crushed for opting to punt the ball – and the Seahawks’ season – away late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Packers.

– Did you hear that “woo-ing” fan while watching the Seahawks-Packers game? You were far from alone.

– Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers shared a cool moment in the Packers’ locker room after Sunday’s game.

– A Chiefs fan left Sunday’s game after the first quarter because he felt he was the jinx. Maybe he was?

– Tiger Woods’ 10-year-old son Charley already has a sweet golf swing.

(Follow me on Twitter at @anezbitt. It might change your life. Just don’t tell me about your fantasy team.)