The Houston Texans snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on Sunday night when they gave away a 24-6 late third quarter lead to the Indianapolis Colts. For fans that have lived and died with the results of Texans games during their short franchise history, the sick feeling they had in the pit of their stomach Sunday night was unfortunately all too familiar. The coaches on the sideline and the players on the field have changed over the past 12 seasons, but their tendency to deliver several soul crushing losses to their fans per season has remained consistent.
Maybe it’s schadenfreude, but to help cope with their latest collapse, I’ve put together a list of their top 12 most crushing defeats in franchise history. To clarify, this isn’t necessarily their most lopsided losses ever, but as many fans describe them, the most “that’s so Texans” losses in franchise history. Games like Sunday night when they blew a big lead or lost in spectacular fashion will be the games you see on this list. You will also see games they were favored to win but ended up getting blown out. Games like their playoff loss to the Patriots last season will not be because most reasonable Texans fans expected them to lose and they were simply outplayed by the better team.
I chose twelve games instead of ten mostly because I couldn’t narrow down my list any further, but the number also fits nicely because this is the twelfth season in franchise history.