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Postgame notes: Texans 34, Lions 31

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 22, 2012 – 6:07 pm

DETROIT — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from Week 12 at Ford Field, where the Texans beat the Detroit Lions in overtime 34-31:


·         Was the 75th victory in Houston Texans regular-season history.

·         Improved the Texans’ record to 10-1 on the season. The 10 wins matches the most in one season in team history. Houston went 10-6 in 2011.

·         Made the Houston Texans the third team in NFL history to play two overtime games in a five-day span. The others involved the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in 1994. Both teams went to overtime on Nov. 26 before playing each other and going to overtime on Dec. 1.

·         Was the second consecutive overtime win for the Texans and improved Houston’s overtime record to 3-7 all-time and 2-2 on the road.

·         Was Houston’s fifth consecutive win on the road, which is the longest such streak in team history.

·         Gave Houston its second five-game win streak of the season, the second-longest winning streak in team history behind a seven-game streak from 10/23/11-12/11/11.

·         Improved Houston’s record against Detroit to 2-1 and was the Texans’ first win at Ford Field.

·         Improved the Texans’ record against the NFC North to 2-1 on the season.

·         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 57-50 overall, 23-30 on the road and 3-3 in overtime.


·         Gained 501 total yards in the game. It was the fifth-most yards gained in a game in team history and the fifth 500-yard outing in team history. Following the 640-yard outing on Sunday vs. Jacksonville, it marks the first time in team history that the Texans posted back-to-back 500-yard games.

·         Overcame a double-digit deficit to win for the second consecutive game. The 10-point deficit

·         Outrushed the Lions 205-106. Houston improved to 9-0 this season and 46-16 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

·         Trailed at the end of the first quarter for the third time this season. Houston improved to 2-1 when trailing after the opening period.

·         Trailed at halftime for the second time this season. Houston improved to 1-1 this season when trailing at intermission.

·         Were tied after three quarters for the first time this season. Houston has led going into the fourth quarter in eight games and trailed twice.

·         Lost the time of possession for the first time this season, holding the ball for 35:38 to Detroit’s 37:01. It ended a streak of 11 consecutive games in which Houston won the time of possession battle.


·         Gave up their first rushing touchdown of the season when Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure scored from 2 yards out to cap the Lions’ first drive of the game. Houston had not allowed a rushing touchdown in the first 219 opponent rushing attempts this season.

·         Forced a turnover for the 20th time this season when SS Danieal Manning pried the ball away from Detroit TE Brandon Pettigrew in overtime.


·         Made his professional debut when he took the field as part of the kick protection unit on an extra point in the second quarter. He was inactive for Houston’s first 10 games this season.


·         Made his professional debut when he took the field for the opening kickoff. He spent his rookie season on the Reserve/Injured list with a shoulder injury and was inactive for Houston’s first 10 games this season.


·         Caught his career-best sixth touchdown pass of the season when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring throw from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. Daniels had five touchdowns in 2006 and 2009.

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 78 with a 7-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Started his 86th game, which ties him with WR Kevin Walter and former Texans RT Eric Winston for third on the team’s all-time games started list.


·         Scored on an 81-yard run in the third quarter. It was the longest run of his career and the longest run in Texans franchise history. Forsett’s previous long was a 35-yard run vs. Tampa Bay on 12/20/09 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. The previous long for the Texans was a 74-yard touchdown run by Arian Foster on 10/3/10 at Oakland.


·         Scored his 40th career rushing touchdown on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. The touchdown was his 11th of the year on the ground and his 13th overall this season.

·         Surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season on a 7-yard run in the third quarter. He entered the game with 962 yards on the season. Foster is the first Texans back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards three times.

·         Topped 100 rushing yards for the sixth consecutive game on the road. He finished the day with 102 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.

·         Found the end zone for the second time in the game when he scored from a yard out in the fourth quarter. It was Foster’s third game this season with multiple touchdowns and the 14th of his career.


·         Kicked his fifth career game-winning field goal when he connected on a 32-yarder in overtime.


·         Recorded his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and his second in a row. He finished the game with nine catches for 188 yards. The 188 yards were the fifth-most in his career.

·         Has gained 461 yards in his last two games. That two-game total is the most in NFL history by a player in consecutive games. The previous high two-game total was by Chad Johnson for Cincinnati, who had 260 yards vs. San Diego on 11/12/06 and 190 at New Orleans on 11/19/06 for a total of 450 yards.

·         Surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the sixth time in his career. He entered the game with 870 yards on the season.

·         Passed Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk (767) for 26th on the NFL’s all-time reception list and WR Keyshawn Johnson (10,571) for 31st on the League’s all-time receiving yards list when he juggled and caught a 43-yard pass in the second quarter. The reception gave him 768 catches for 10,606 yards.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 93 with a 37-yard catch in the second quarter.


·         Punted three times in the first quarter and had each punt downed inside the Detroit 20-yard line. His first two punts traveled 52 and 53 yards, and his third was a 36-yarder that was downed at the Lions 10-yard line.


·         Forced a fumble for the third consecutive game when he ripped the ball out of Detroit TE Brandon Pettigrew’s arms in overtime. He became the seventh player in Texans history to force three or more fumbles in one season.

·         Led the team with nine tackles, including eight solos, and had two passes defensed in addition to his forced fumble.


·         Passed RB Vernand Morency for the second-most kickoff return yards by a rookie in Texans history. Morency had 437 yards as a rookie in 2005. WR Jerome Mathis holds the club rookie record with 1,542 yards, also in 2005.


·         Started his 75th consecutive game with the Texans and his 91st consecutive game overall.


·         Started his 75th game for the Texans and improved his record to 42-33.

·         Orchestrated the fifth game-tying drive and the 10th game-winning drive of his career.

·         Surpassed 300 passing yards for the second consecutive game, completing 29-of-48 pass attempts for 315 yards with a touchdown and an interception, giving him a passer rating of 78.0.

·         Threw his 19th touchdown pass of the season and the 117th of his career when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 9-yard score in the second quarter.


·         Recovered a fumble for the first time in his career when he fell on a ball that was ripped out by SS Danieal Manning in overtime.


·         Established a career single-season high with his third pass defensed of the year when he tipped a pass by Detroit QB Matt Stafford on the first play of the second quarter. Smith had two passes defensed in 2010 and 2011.


·         Started his 86th game, which ties him with TE Owen Daniels and former Texans RT Eric Winston for third on the team’s all-time games started list.


·         Broke the Texans single-season sack record on his third sack of the game. The sack gave him 14.5 on the year, topping the previous mark of 14.0 by Mario Williams in 2007.

·         Batted down his 12th and 13th passes of the season when he deflected a throw in the third quarter and another in overtime. His 13 passes defensed tied the NFL record for most by a defensive lineman in a season. Hall of Fame DE Reggie White had 13 passes defensed in 1991.

·         Became the second player since sacks became an official stat in 1982 to record 14 or more sacks and 13 or more passes defensed in the same season. Hall of Fame DE Reggie White had 15.0 sacks and 13 passes defensed for Philadelphia in 1991.

·         Set a career high with 3.0 sacks in the game, topping his previous best of 2.5 in Week 3 this season at Denver (9/25). It was the sixth time in Texans history that a player had 3.0 or more sacks in a game.


·         Inactive players for the Texans were NT Shaun Cody, ILB Tim Dobbins, T Andrew Gardner, CB Johnathan Joseph, WR DeVier Posey, RB Ben Tate and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Lions won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

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