Texans beat Raiders 31-17 in OT for fourth straight win


HOUSTON — Texans linebacker Justin Tuck ran for two touchdowns as the Texans beat the Raiders 31, 31, 27, 28, 31 and 28 to win their third straight game and advance to their third consecutive AFC West championship.

Tuck had two sacks.

Houston also won the game on a last-second field goal with 11 seconds left.

“I thought it was a really good game,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.

“It was one of those games where you know the game is on the line and you just gotta take care of business.”

The Texans’ defense made two key stops and the offense scored two touchdowns on the final play to seal the victory.

Houston is now 3-0 in the playoffs, which could put it in contention for a wild-card spot if it wins its remaining four games.

“You don’t have to win one game to be a contender,” Tuck said.

Rookie safety DeAndre Elliott also had a big game for the Texans, finishing with six tackles.

He had five tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and a fumble recovery.

Elliott has three interceptions and two passes defensed.

“We had some big plays, too,” Elliott said.

He has eight interceptions in seven games.

It was a big win for the offensive line, which allowed a career-high 14 sacks in the regular season.

The Raiders have allowed 10 sacks in their past two games.

They were held to one score in the fourth quarter.

“Our offense was really good, but it wasn’t enough to get the job done,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said.

After a sluggish start, the Raiders have scored 21 points in the last five games.

Oakland started the season 3-1, but dropped five straight games before winning three of them.

The Texans have lost four straight.

This is the first time the Texans have won three consecutive games since 2002.

The last time they won three straight in a row was 2003.

It is the third straight season the Texans haven’t won four straight games in the postseason.

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