2023 N.F.L. Draft Live Updates: Houston Delivers an Early Shake-up

Ben Shpigel

In his last game as coach of the Houston Texans, Lovie Smith did the unthinkable: He won.Credit…Michael Hickey/Getty Images

One of the few things the Houston Texans did well last season was lose, and though that was all they needed to do in the final week of the season to ensure that they would have the first overall pick, they not only defeated the Colts but — the audacity! — really tried to win, too.

That day in Indianapolis, a confluence of improbable events in the final 90 seconds produced a Houston victory that rattled the top of the draft, enabling Carolina to eventually acquire the No. 1 pick, and hastened the dismissal hours later of Coach Lovie Smith, who, rightfully, cared more about winning that game than the…

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