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Eagles Run the Show in 34-24 Win Over Texans

In a game where Arian Foster had 22 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown and Matt Schaub threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, the Texans took the devestating loss against the high-powered Philadelphia Eagles.  The Eagles were very powerful in the fourth quarter.  Quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek played a great game to win the game.  Although the Texans were able to capture a third quarter lead, the Eagles defense played a shutdown-type fourth quarter for the 34-24 Eagles win.

In the first half, the Philadelphia Eagles controlled the clock and Texans.  Starting the game with the opening kick off return returned for a touchdown.  And although called back on a holding call, the Eagles offense picked up off the same pace.  In the Eagles’ first drive, quarterback Michael Vick completed a 30-yard pass to DeSean Jackson to run the Eagles up the field.  McCoy ran the ball well an was on the receiving end of the Eagles’ opening drive’s touchdown. The Texans followed up with a Neil Rackers field goal.

The Eagles’ followed up a great offensive first drive with another, followed by a field goal on the next.  The sudden 14-3 Eagles lead led to a Texans’ offense urgency  to score.  Jacoby Jones was on the receiving end of a Matt Schaub touchown pass.  The Texans defense came back and played great defense, forcing an Eagles’ field goal.  Down 17-3, the Texans began to drive yet again; however Schaub’s next two drives weren’t his best.  First, Schaub threw a pick to the Eagles’ defensive tackle, Trevor Law, with two minutes and all three time outs remaining in the half.  On the next drive, Schaub was buckled down to the ground by the Eagles’ defenders, hitting his head against the Eagles’ grass field.  At the end of the half, the Eagles outmatched the Texans with 250 total yards and 17 points to the Texans 183 yards and 3 points.

The Texans’ didn’t let the first half deficit slow them down.  They’ve been a comeback team all season long, and proved it yet again tonight.  Although losing, the Texans rebounded in the second half after a discouraging first half.  The Texans opened the first half on the receiving end.  Andre Johnson and Arian Foster were well incorporated throughout, and the 79-yard opening drive touchown was capped with Foster’s 13-yard touchdown.  The defense continued to play well and pressure Vick, and the Texans continued their offensive resurgence.  The Texans’ next drive went for 86 yards, including 15 rush plays (13 Foster, 2 Ward) and nine Schaub passes with multiple third down conversions which led to a 3-yard Arian Foster touchdown.

Although the Texans dominated the third quarter, the Eagles’ turned it on in the fourth quarter.  Mike Vick capped off their first fourth quarter drive with a two-yard run for a touchdown.  The Texans’ next drive was stalled with a short Schaub throw where he should have ran the ball but threw the ball expecting a defender behind him.  The player behind him was his own, offensive tackle Duane Brown.  The Eagles followed up the stuttering Texans’ play with an 8-play, six-minute, 72-yard Eagles touchdown drive.  The Texans failed to capitalize on their next two drives, ending the game with a Schaub, in-the-pocket fumble, recovered by the Eagles.

With the loss, the Houston Texans fall to 5-7 and currently last in the AFC South.  Andy Reid moves up to 33-13 with the Eagles in December, and his current team now sits first in the NFC East at 8-4.  The Houston Texans played well in their familiar styled loss.  The Texans had the chances, but mistakes happened.  The Eagles responded to their Week 12 loss to the Bears with a great performance over the Texans.  Their fourth quarter Eagles offensive power and their defensive stops were too much for the Texans, who play again on next Monday night at Reliant Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.

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