Houston Texans 2010 Year in Review: Top 10 Moments of The Season

Stephen KasperCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2010

Houston Texans 2010 Year in Review: Top 10 Moments of The Season

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    If I'm not mistaken, "The stars at night, are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas!"

    That quote hits the nail right on the head for the Texans this season as the stars of this team have shined extremely bright throughout the year.

    At the same time, not every moment can be a good one.

    The Houston Texans have had an up and down season.

    The highs were extremely high and the lows were extremely low.

    No doubt about it, there have been some amazing moments for this team through the season.

    Here are the Top 10 Houston Texans moments from the 2010 NFL Season.

No 10: Duane Brown Suspended

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    When left tackle Duane Brown was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, the offense took a bigger hit than most people might think.

    Sure, it wasn't Andre Johnson or Arian Foster being suspended, but the game lives and dies at the line of scrimmage.

    The absence of Duane Brown was a huge hit to the offensive side of the ball.

No. 9: Return Of Brian Cushing

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    The defensive rookie of the year, Brian Cushing, was suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for a banned substance last season.

    In his season debut against the Giants, Cushing had nine tackles and reminded his team that he is still a playmaker.

    Unfortunately for the Texans, they still lost horribly 34-10.

No. 8: Jaguars Hail Mary Prayers Answered

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    As I said, not every moment has been a good one.

    But that doesn't mean it wasn't a big one.

    When David Garrard threw up a hail mary and saw that Glover Quin knocked it away, he wasn't let down because he expected it.

    But one second later when he saw that the ball landed in the hands of Mike Thomas who stepped in for the game winning touchdown, he became part of one of the biggest plays of the season.

No. 7: Fosters Big Day of the Bench

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    Arian Foster hasn't always been the most popular guy with head coach Gary Kubiak.

    When the Texans played the Oakland Raiders, Kubiak wanted to teach Foster a lesson by benching him for the first quarter.

    How did Arian Foster answer?

    17 Rushes for 133 yards including a 74 yard run for a touchdown with a receiving touchdown added to it as well.

No. 6: Andre Johnson Catches Game Winner Against Chiefs

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    Andre Johnson has established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

    In week six, he proved it yet again when the young and powerful Chiefs came to town and left him open at the wrong time.

    Matt Schaub found him in the end zone for a touchdown with only seconds left on the clock and the Texans would take down the AFC West champions.

No. 5: Arian Foster Runs All Over Colts

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    The Texans drafted Ben Tate for a reason—to be the new primary running back.

    When Ben Tate went down with a season-ending injury early in the preseason, many people were unsure Arian Foster was the answer.

    He answered that question in the very first game of the week against the Indianapolis Colts with 231 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

No. 4: Andre Johnson Can't Take Any More

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    Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan do not like each other.

    Period.

    Johnson usually keeps his cool, but Finnegan finally got under Johnson's skin enough to push him over the edge.

No. 3: 4th and 10 With The Game on The Line

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    The Redskins started the season looking pretty good, just like the Texans did.

    In the second week of the season, Donovan McNabb looked like he was going to get the best of the Houston Texans. But with the game on the line, Matt Schaub knew who to throw to in order to complete the comeback.

    Schaub and the Texans came back from being down 27-10 in the third quarter to beat the Redskins 30-27 in their first overtime victory in franchise history.

    And just as a side note, Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards in this game. That's more than future Hall of Famer Brett Favre has ever thrown for in a single game.

No. 2: Matt Schaub Becomes Texans All Time Passing Leader

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    Since joining the Houston Texans in 2007, Matt Schaub's worst quarterback rating at the end of the season was 87.2.

    He has thrown for 14,171 yards and 76 touchdowns as a Texan and this season he surpassed David Carr for the all time passing leader in franchise history.

    Sure, that's not saying much considering he passed David Carr, but Texans fans should be happy to know they finally have a franchise quarterback who has brought the passing game to life in the past few years.

No.1: Comeback Vs Ravens on Monday Night Football

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    After being down 28-7 in the third quarter, the Texans looked like they had no chance of coming back.

    Houston proved they are more than capable of driving down the field and scoring against one of the best defenses in the league in the Baltimore Ravens.

    Late in the fourth quarter, Houston's offense drove down the field and scored the game game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion to complete an amazing comeback.

    Even though the Texans would lose in over time, it was one of the most thrilling Monday Night games of the season.