Texans rip Jaguars to clinch AFC South

HOUSTON (AP) J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus led the defense and Jonathan Grimes scored twice to help the Houston Texans clinch the AFC South with a 30-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Grimes had a 12-yard touchdown reception and added a 3-yard rushing score in the second quarter to help Houston take a 20-3 lead by halftime. Kareem Jackson added a score on an interception return in the fourth quarter to pad the lead.
Watt, playing without a cast for the first time since breaking his left hand Dec. 9, had had three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered another one to help the Texans (9-7) to their first division title and playoff berth since 2012.
Mercilus tied a career high with 3 1/2 sacks and forced a fumble and recovered one.
Blake Bortles threw for 239 yards with two interceptions for the Jaguars (5-11).

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