Steelers rout Texans to clinch playoff bye

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The Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers suited up for a Christmas Day game that seemed to more likely to be at Heinz Field than NRG Stadium if you were looking at the crowd inside and outside the stadium.

One player the Steelers may have left in the game too long, however, is rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt.

Taylor Heinicke of the Houston Texans.

Pittsburgh clinched a bye in the postseason while extending its road winning streak to six.

While the game played out in the same disastrous fashion as their season, there were two things for the Texans to savor from Sunday's game.

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The Steelers recorded first downs on their initial four snaps, quickly covering 57 yards before bogging down in the red zone.

Heinicke, serving as the backup quarterback for the Houston Texans, entered the game late in the first half with his team trailing 20-0.

DeAndre Hopkins made arguably the catch of the year Monday. Yates six times and Yates was knocked out of the game briefly for a concussion evaluation. Yates replaced Heinicke on the next series.

The Texans will be hoping Deshaun Watson provides that next season while the Steelers are moving on to more immediate goals. Steelers CB Mike Hilton became the third defensive back in franchise history with at least three sacks in a game, joining Troy Polamalu (Sept. 18, 2005) and Carnell Lake (Nov. 30, 1997).