Texans Rally From 14 Down in the Fourth to Top Patriots 34-27


It may not be enough to make the postseason, but the regular season finale for the Houston Texans may go down as the most exciting game in franchise history, as they overcame a 4th quarter 27-13 deficit to beat the New England Patriots 34-27. Arian Foster had two late touchdown runs, the finale coming with 1:54 left to cap off the comeback win.

The Pats went back and forth with their starters, including Tom Brady, but went with backup Brian Hoyer on the final drive of the game, and he got them into Texans territory before the Texans D held on 4th-and-3 with :15 seconds left to close out the win.

Houston put up 439 yards, including rushing for 144 yards. Foster had 119 yards and two scores, and Matt Schaub threw for 303 yards on 24-for-39 passing with two touchdowns and a pick. The Texans did leave chances on the field, as Kris Brown missed an extra point, and then two field goals that could have made the outcome even more secure.

The win puts the team at 9-7, it’s first ever winning season. They need a lot of help to make the postseason, as they need three teams to lose – the Broncos, Jets and Ravens. If one of those teams wins, the winning record means only another postseason on the couch for the club.

The score was tied 13-13 at halftime before the Pats scored twice to open up the 14-point lead. Houston had a second down at the Patriots 15-yard line when Butler intercepted a pass by Schaub and returned it 91 yards for a touchdown to put New England up 20-13 in the third quarter.

The Patriots took a 27-13 lead on a Brady-led drive that ended in Fred Taylor’s second touchdown of the day, this one an 11-yard run. That’s when the Texans were finally able to turn it on, as they came right and put up 14 quick points, holding the Pats offense in check when it mattered the most – in the fourth quarter.

So while it’s likely the season is going to come to an end, it was an exciting way to go out – at home in front of a loud crowd that seemed to appreciate the way the club was able to respond when down, and come back to at least give the team some hope of a possible post season birth.


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One Response to “Texans Rally From 14 Down in the Fourth to Top Patriots 34-27”

  1. HouTx Fan says:

    “They need a lot of help to make the postseason, as they need three teams to lose – the Broncos, Jets and Ravens. If one of those teams wins, the winning record means only another postseason on the couch for the club.”

    INCORRECT. Their chances aren’t much better, but they “only” need 2 of the 3 to lose.

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