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Titans beat Texans 16-10, Houston nabs No. 1 pick

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Munchak believes the Tennessee Titans aren't far off from becoming a playoff team, and he'll argue that he should keep coaching them in 2014 in the next few days.

Texans owner Bob McNair could hire a new coach before Houston decides who will be the No. 1 draft selection in May.

Chris Johnson ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in what might be his last game with the Titans, who beat the Houston Texans 16-10 Sunday for a win that might help Munchak's argument to stay on the job.

"I think I have a good feel for what needs to be done," said Munchak, now 22-26 in three seasons. "That's what we'll talk about the next few days, and we'll find out how they want to go forward."

With their 14th straight loss, the Texans (2-14) at least made sure whoever their next coach is will have the top draft pick. Interim coach Wade Phillips declined to answer whether he's interested in staying with the Texans if he's not picked to take over.

"We got in a whirlwind, and it never ended," Phillips said of the skid.

The Titans (7-9) scored 16 straight points in snapping a five-game home skid that was their longest since leaving Houston for Tennessee in 1997. They also won a second straight game for the first time since September, when they started 3-1.

"We always talk about finishing, and we did that," Titans tight end Delanie Walker said.

Rob Bironas kicked three field goals, including a season-best 55-yarder. Linebacker Akeem Ayers intercepted a pass and forced a fumble as the Titans got four turnovers they turned into 10 points.

The Texans had one last chance with the ball and 66 seconds left, but Michael Griffin intercepted an overthrown pass by Matt Schaub. That was the third turnover by the Texans' quarterback.

Johnson became the sixth man in NFL history to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons with a 23-yard run in the second quarter, joining Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDanian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon. But Johnson, who ran for 2,006 yards in 2009, is due $8 million in 2014, with $29 million left on his contract. That might be too much to pay for someone who posted only his second 100-yard rushing game of the season Sunday.

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