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Browns vs. Texans scores, highlights, news, spoilers and live updates

Browns vs. Texans scores, highlights, news, spoilers and live updates

The Wild-Card Weekend is off to a wild start.

The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns trade blows in their NFL postseason opener, with touchdowns running off the board early for both teams. Joe Flacco, CJ Stroud, Kareem Hunt and Nico Collins are all in action.

This is the 16th playoff game of Flacco's career. It's a first for Stroud. Will experience triumph or will youth defeat age? Follow along as Yahoo Sports delivers the latest news, scores, and highlights from Saturday's Wild Card game.

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  • In Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes tries to stay warm while watching the Browns-Texans on the big board.

  • Cleveland gets a much-needed stop to force a punt from Houston. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah comes up with a tackle on Nico Collins for a 1-yard loss on third down. Cleveland's defense has struggled overall, but Jock is making plays.

  • The second half is underway. Houston starts the ball and leads 24-14.

  • Joe Flacco also had a strong start, but was overshadowed by Stroud. 15 of 19 for 172 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers. He was perfect against the Texans zone.

  • The first half is over, and Houston is making a statement with a 24-14 lead. CJ Stroud is 11-for-16 with 236 yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers. The Browns allowed a league-leading 164.7 yards per game in the regular season.

    This guy is a rookie making his postseason debut against an elite defense.

  • That's three first-half touchdowns for Stroud on 236 yards. Once again, this Browns defense was the best in the NFL in the regular season.

  • CJ Stroud delivers again. The Texans go 71 yards with a 37-yard touchdown run from Stroud to Dalton Schultz on 22nd down. The Texans lead 24-14 with 1:11 remaining in the first half.

  • Relevant statistics here. Cleveland's elite defense isn't elite on the road.

  • We got a break in the offensive action. The Browns and Texans exchange punts, and Cleveland gets the ball back with 8:42 left in the first half. Houston leads 17-14 and just blew a 10-point lead after a deep ball from C.J. Stroud to a wide-open Nico Collins missed the mark.

  • And the Texans answer. This is officially a shootout. CJ Stroud finds tight end Brevin Jordan on a screen pass for a 76-yard touchdown and a 17-14 lead. That's now four straight possessions with touchdowns. Houston lights up Cleveland's top-ranked pass defense.

  • Kareem Hunt finds the end zone. Flacco hits Hunt for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap a six-play 75-yard drive. That's three straight touchdown drives between the Browns and Texans in what has been upgraded to a fast and furious first half. Cleveland leads 14-10 at the start of the second quarter.

  • Houston answers with a big pass from Flacco to Harrison Bryant to end the first quarter. Cleveland is in the Houston area again, and a shooting threat erupts:

  • A quick snap from Houston gets the Texans into the end zone. A four-play 75-yard drive ends with a 15-yard touchdown run from CJ Stroud to Nico Collins. That connection paid off all season long and he got off to a hot start in the playoffs. 10-7, Texans as the first quarter ends.

  • Cleveland benefits from a great passing game. Kareem Hunt jumps over the goal line on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line to put the Browns on the board. 7-3, Brown late in the first.

  • Cleveland's offense comes alive. Joe Flacco hits David Njoku for 45 yards to get into Texans zone. Njoku has been one of Flacco's favorite targets since Flacco took over as QB.

  • Cleveland's top-rated defense is in the red zone. The Texans never found the end zone after the first down on the 3-yard line. They settled for a field goal and took a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.

  • There's a big connection from CJ Stoud to Nico Collins that goes 38 yards and the Texans are inside the Cleveland 10. This duo keeps making plays.

  • The Browns start their second drive on their own 8-yard line after good work by the Texans

  • The Texans picked up a pair of first downs, but punted after a third-down pass from CJ Stroud fell incomplete. Scoreless tie after one possession for each team.

  • Cleveland punts the ball after the opening six yards. Houston has the ball, and C.J. Stroud will make his NFL debut in the postseason.