When it was over, everyone was spent. Andre Johnson had a smile as wide as Biscayne Bay. He had just racked up 23 catches in two games for an NFL record 461 yards. He and Matt Schaub rallied the Texans in consecutive games that no one will ever forget.
The end result was two overtime victories that will live in Houston sports history as all time classics. No one can be sure where this team will end up. But we do know they never quit and they can win in many different ways.
Somehow, the Texans survived a blistering Mathew Stafford passing attack, a ten point deficit, a Matt Schaub overtime pick and a Shayne Graham missed field goal to pull out a Thanksgiving miracle.
This was one for the ages. The Texans game tying drive went for 97 yards and featured Andre Johnson playing Optimus Prime to Calvin Johnson’s Megatron. After the game, Andre, the picture of class, said that Calvin Johnson is his favorite receiver.
Megatron was held to just 3 catches after intermission when the Texans put Kareem Jackson on him. Even though the Texans have given up 68 points in two games, they made key second half stops and held Detroit to 10 points after halftime.
The win could be costly. Gary Kubiak opened his press conference Friday morning declaring the day “MRI Friday.” The biggest concerns are Derek Newton’s knee, Bradie James’ hamstring and Brooks Reed’s groin. Garrett Graham has a shoulder injury as well. Kubiak was optimistic that Shaun Cody would be back next week but said Johnathan Joseph and Tim Dobbins were “touch and go.” The coach also said that Ben Tate still complained of soreness this week, so his status is uncertain for the next tilt.
The loss basically extinguished Detroit’s season, putting the Lions at 4-7. Meanwhile, the Texans have 10 wins for the second straight year and march into a much needed weekend off until they rev up again to play Tennessee on the road.
Calling the game on Texans Radio was surreal and euphoric in the end. It just didn’t seem possible the Texans could continually overcome constant adversity and mistakes. But they kept fighting and escaped from the Motor City with an incredible win. In the locker room after the game, Kubiak said the game ball goes to everyone on the team.
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