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CJ Stroud, Texans dominate Browns in wild-card rout

HOUSTON - Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans had a coming-out party in their 45-14 AFC wild-card win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday at NRG Stadium, with Stroud throwing for three first-half touchdown passes and the Texans' defense returning two second-half Joe Flacco interceptions for touchdowns.

Stroud threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Nico Collins and tight ends Brevin Jordan and Dalton Schultz, while cornerback Steven Nelson and linebacker Christian Harris had pick-sixes to put the game out of reach and advance Houston to the divisional playoffs for the first time since 2019.