RTC: Fourth quarter crushed Texans

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Just like they have all season, bad things piled up quickly for the Texans in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. He adds that many players and perhaps all the coaches played their final game as part of the home team at Reliant Stadium on Sunday.

Matt Schaub's performance made Case Keenum look even better, writes the colorful writer and Keenum's biggest fan, Culture Map's Chris Baldwin. I'll have to respectfully disagree with parts of this column. I didn't think Schaub's performance was particularly good, but it's a stretch to say it makes one long for Keenum. I'll repeat here that I think it's too early to pass judgment on Keenum's career as a whole. He's young, he can learn and get better, which I have written several times. I've always thought it best to remain cool-headed about this without getting carried away in one direction or another.

Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com writes that Peyton Manning's fourth quarter buried the Texans. "Manning ended up throwing for exactly 400 yards and four touchdowns. His last of the afternoon set the NFL record for touchdowns in a season, topping Tom Brady’s mark of 50. The Broncos have now scored 572 points this season and have a chance to break the all-time record of 589 set by the 2007 Patriots."

On Fan Appreciation Day, the Chronicle's Jerome Solomon thinks the Texans fans who showed up for Sunday's game ought to be appreciative that the team's home schedule is over. Solomon writes that this is the first time the Texans have ever finished the season with only one home win.