HOUSTON -- As much as it seems like the Texans have been written off coming into their divisional round matchup with a Patriots team that hung a 42-14 loss on them a month ago, defensive lineman Antonio Smith has heard worse.
Back in 2008 when he was with an Arizona Cardinals team that squeezed into the playoffs with a 9-7 record, legendary cornerback and smack-talker Deion Sanders said on the NFL Network that he would sell his tickets to the Super Bowl if the Cardinals somehow found a way to make it there.
So being overwhelming underdogs against the Patriots, Smith said, feels familiar.
“I’m telling you it’s like déjà vu,” said Smith. “The same thing I went through last time I was in this situation.”
The Cardinals beat the Falcons, Panthers, and Eagles to reach Super Bowl XLIII, and even though there are some similarities, Smith said he tries not to preach to the Texans about that experience.
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