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In his 123rd career start in the NFL, Andre Johnson finally got to set foot on a playoff field.
Being the longest tenured Texan on the roster, there isn't anyone you could feel better for than Andre Johnson. Even if he hadn't had a decent game, it would have been a great story to see the first future Hall of Famer in a Houston Texans uniform finally get to play in the postseason. But to go for 90 yards and a 40-yard touchdown that ended with a hop into the adoring fans at Reliant Stadium, that was special to see. In fact, I was only about a hundred feet away from where it happened, so that made it even better for yours truly.
You can only imagine that sitting out almost the entire season this year had to be absolutely killing Andre. To see the team is finally good enough to win, and win big, and it's all happening while you're standing on the sidelines in street clothes? Andre isn't a visually emotional guy, but you knew it was tearing him up. This has to be a smiley face band-aid over his injury-prone season.
Speaking of, Andre looked the most healthy he has since Week 3 in New Orleans. That's huge going into a tough matchup against the Ravens in Baltimore, a team the Texans have never defeated in franchise history. Regardless of what happens, it was special to see Andre not only get to play, but play huge in his playoff debut. There isn't a guy in the league who deserves what he got today any more.
Mike Kerns is a featured columnist for the Houston Texans at Bleacher Report. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and catch his latest Texans podcast at State of The Texans.