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Texans Steal Win in Washington

The Houston Texans pulled off their first overtime win in franchise history on Sunday in our nation’s capital against the Washington Redskins.  The Redskins put up a good fight, where McNabb threw for the 426 yards, the third highest passing yards in his 12 year career.  But it was Matt Schaub who stole the game with 497 passing yards, most in Texans franchise history.

The Texans’ first half was anything but pretty, McNabb had already hit five receivers and the Texans weren’t able to capitalize in the red zone while failing to pick up any offense.  The half ended 24-10 with a Rackers missed 47-yard field goal.  The second half was a total change in the Texans’ game plan.  In fact, the Texans converted 19 of their 29 first downs in the second half.  The wholes began opening and the Texans kept up an honest game plan.  Foster ran for 69 yards and received 69 yards, while both Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter both put up over 100 yards receiving.  Walter and Johnson’s touchdowns in the second half quickly sealed the gap between the Redskins 27-17 lead in the fourth quarter.  Johnson’s late touchdown with two minutes remaining capped off his 158 yards and 12 catches, which ties his career high in receptions.  He limped off the field in the third quarter, and he made it obvious that his heavily taped injured ankle wouldn’t hold him back from winning this game.  The Redskins pushed Schaub to the limit, but he didn’t give up.  His booming near 500-yard game should remind the Texans’ critics that this was last season’s NFL’s lead passing team.   Mario Williams game was just as important as he hammered McNabb for three sacks.

The close of the fourth quarter was a 2009 Texans’ fans impossible dream.  With a quick TD, FG and TD gave the Texans the chance to capitalize and win in overtime.  The first drive of overtime belonged to the Texans, who decided to pass on 3-and-3, ending incomplete.  The Texans punted and passed up on the possible 52-yard field goal.  That left the Redskins on the 20.  They drove but the Texans defense held up putting the Skins’ Graham Gano (in Spanish “I Win”) at an opposite equivalent 52-yarder.  The crowd awaited, Gano kicked and it went in but a just-in-time Kubiak timeout iced Gano.  Iced him well, Gano’s next kick was missed.  That led the Texans to drive the field for a sure Rackers’ 32-yard game winning overtime field goal.

The Texans will be playing at home next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, who they beat in this year’s preseason.  Although this time they will not be playing for the Governor’s Cup, they will be playing with a load of confidence attempting their first 3-0 upon their very first 2-0 regular season record.  Even more vitalizing, the Texans-Redskins 2010 game ranks second all-time in NFL history for passing yards in a single game.  Upon being a booster for the team, the media, too, should start turning their heads to the Texans’ concrete presence in the NFL.


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