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Postgame notes: Patriots 42, Texans 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 11, 2012 – 12:08 am

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from Week 14 at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans lost 42-14 to the New England Patriots:

THE TEXANS

·         Failed to score first for the sixth time this season. Houston fell to 4-2 when allowing its opponents to score first thus far this season.

·         Trailed after one quarter for the fourth time this season and trailed at halftime and after three quarters for the third time this season. Houston fell to 2-2, 1-2 and 1-2 in each instance, respectively.

·         Lost the time of possession battle for the second time this season, holding the ball for 29:11. It was the first time this season that Houston’s time of possession was less than 30:00, since the only other instance in which the Texans lost time of possession was an overtime game at Detroit in Week 12 (11/22).

·         Finished with an even turnover margin for the second time this season. Houston gave the ball away once and had one takeaway in the game. The Texans fell to 1-1 in such instances.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught a 30-yard pass in the third quarter, matching his long for the season. He also had a 30-yard catch in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8), also on Monday Night Football.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 80 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter. The catch was also the 350th of his career.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Caught his 100th career pass on a 14-yard screen pass in the first quarter. Forsett entered the game with 99 career receptions in five seasons.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored his 14th rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter, passing RB Domanick Williams’ total of 13 rushing touchdowns in 2004 for the second-most in team history. Foster holds the franchise single-season record with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

·         Caught his longest pass of the season when he took a screen pass 23 yards in the second quarter. Foster’s previous long was an 18-yard catch in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Established a season high with 39 receiving yards in the game, bettering his previous high of 37 yards from Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Caught his second pass of the game, a gain of 7 yards in the second quarter. It marked Jean’s first career game with multiple receptions.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 1,200 receiving yards in a season for the fourth time in his career, topping the milestone on his seventh catch, a gain of 5 yards in the third quarter. Johnson entered the game with 1,114 yards on the year.

·         Passed Gary Clark (10,856) for 29th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. Johnson now has 10,865 career receiving yards.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 95 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

P DONNIE JONES

·         Punted seven times with five traveling at least 50 yards, including punts of 59, 57 and 56 yards, giving him at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in 11 of Houston’s 13 games this season.

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Registered his first career interception when he picked off a deflected pass from Patriots QB Ryan Mallett in the fourth quarter.

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Sacked New England QB Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave him 6.0 on the season, tying the franchise rookie sack record set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.

NT EARL MITCHELL

·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first career forced fumble.

WR DEVIER POSEY

·         Recorded his first career catch when he hauled in a 19-yard pass from QB T.J. Yates in the fourth quarter.

CB STANFORD ROUTT

·         Made his debut as a Texan, seeing action on special teams and as a reserve on defense.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Surpassed 20,000 career passing yards as a member of the Houston Texans. He entered the game with 19,965 yards as a Texan and topped the milestone on a 13-yard completion to TE Owen Daniels, his fourth pass attempt of the game.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his second forced fumble of the season and the second of his career.

QB T.J. YATES

·         Scored his first career rushing touchdown on a quarterback keeper from 1 yard away in the fourth quarter.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell TE Garrett Graham, NT Terrell McClain, RT Derek Newton, OLB Brooks Reed 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, Smith and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss. ILB Brian Cushing, who is on the reserved/injured list, joined his fellow captains at midfield.

·         The Patriots won the toss and deferred their option until the second half. Houston received the opening kickoff.


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First-quarter notes: Patriots 14, Texans 0

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 10, 2012 – 8:26 pm

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans trail 14-0 after the first quarter:

THE TEXANS

·         Failed to score first for the sixth time this season. Houston is 4-1 when allowing its opponents to score first thus far this season.

·         Trailed after one quarter for the fourth time this season. Houston is 2-1 when trailing after the opening period thus far this season.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 80 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Caught his 100th career pass on a 14-yard screen pass in the first quarter. Forsett entered the game with 99 career receptions in five seasons.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 95 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

NT EARL MITCHELL

·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first career forced fumble.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell TE Garrett Graham, NT Terrell McClain, RT Derek Newton, OLB Brooks Reed 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, Smith and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss. ILB Brian Cushing, who is on the reserved/injured list, joined his fellow captains at midfield.

·         The Patriots won the toss and deferred their option until the second half. Houston received the opening kickoff.


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Texans love their new letterman jackets

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 8, 2012 – 12:14 pm

Every Texans player got a custom-made, personalized team letterman jacket on Friday, an idea spawned by nose tackle Shaun Cody and carried out by Cody, outside linebacker Connor Barwin and Texans director of equipment services Jay Brunetti.

We put up the story behind the jackets and a video about them on Friday. Here’s what Barwin and some of his teammates said about them:

Barwin: “Cody was the inspiration. It was Shaun Cody’s idea, and I obviously right away thought it was a great idea and then me and him kind of got together and figured out a way to make it happen with J-Bird, our equipment guy. He got in touch with a local varsity letterman jacket company. We needed them by this game in New England because this is maybe our only cold game, so it’s perfect for this week to wear on the road.

“They turned out perfect. There was a lot of discussion what kind of color combo we would make, and we went with the navy on navy and it turned out perfect. I think it shows the kind of team we are. Nobody’s got their name on it. it definitely shows what kind of team we are. I think it could be a future tradition with this Houston Texans organization.”

DE Antonio Smith: “The jackets is awesome. They are so clean, when you put ‘em on, it makes you look debonair. Smooth, kind of like. I think it’s one of Connor’s best ideas. Almost ninja-like.”

“Shaun, I think, had the idea first, and then Connor kind of like – they both… they’re like a team. They’re almost one. They do everything together. Pretty unique couple guys, man.”

DE J.J. Watt: “I think this is really cool. I think it shows a lot about our team and the chemistry that we have, and the guys in this locker room really care about each other and I think these jackets are a great way to signify that. We’re really proud to have ‘em, and we’re excited to wear ‘em.”

RB Arian Foster: “I like it man, I do. I never had a letterman’s jacket. I didn’t get one in high school. I think I had one in college but it just never fit, so I never wore it, so this will be my first official letterman’s jacket.”

“I think it was Shaun Cody and Connor Barwin, between one of those two interesting fellas. They had the idea to have letterman’s jackets, and I thought it was funny. I think it just shows team camaraderie. (It’s a) funny little thing.”

QB Matt Schaub: “I think they’re awesome. I think it’s a really good idea that Connor and Shaun came up with as far as camaraderie amongst the guys and feeling a brotherhood. I think it’s really cool that they came up with that idea, and then we followed through and did it. All the guys were on board with it. It’s a pretty neat deal.

“I think they look great. Hopefully, this weather cools off to where it feels a little more comfortable to wear it here in Houston, but I think they look great.”

TE Owen Daniels: “The whole letter jacket thing is pretty sweet. It’s kind of like a team unity thing. We’ll be wearing ‘em together. Kind of brings us back to the good ol’ high school days and brings back memories of playing back then, so we’re gonna have fun with it, man. They did a great job with the jackets. They look unbelievable, so we’re gonna have fun wearing ‘em.”

RB Justin Forsett: “I love the jackets. I love it. I can’t wait to get am outfit together and bring it here, wear it and let everybody see my style like it was high school when you show off your letterman jacket in high school when you sit, post up on the corner somewhere, at the cafeteria. It brings back some memories, so I love letterman jackets. Nice swag.”


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Wall-to-wall coverage on Texans Radio this week

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 26, 2012 – 5:25 pm

It’s a big week for Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610. Don’t miss a second of the action.

On Tuesday, running backs Ben Tate and Justin Forsett headline the Verizon Players Show live at 8 a.m. CT from the Verizon retail location near Uptown (1670 Post Oak Boulevard).

Later Tuesday, visit Gallery Furniture at the I-45 N location for the Arian Foster Show from 6-7 p.m. CT. The show is followed by Texans Live (7-8 p.m.) and Texans Replay (8-9 p.m.), which features a condensed version of the audio calls from the team’s Week 12 win at Detroit. Learn more about Texans Replay here.

Don’t miss Texans Live on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. Texans general manager Rick Smith will join the program to discuss the latest team news heading into the AFC South matchup at Tennessee.

Remember, you can listen to every Texans Radio program live on SportsRadio 610, HoustonTexans.com and the FREE Houston Texans Mobile app. Text TEXANS to 51288 to download.

Tweet with #TexansRadio to have your questions answered on air.


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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:

THE WIN

·         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.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         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.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         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.

G BRANDON BROOKS

·         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.

CB ROC CARMICHAEL

·         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.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         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.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         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.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         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.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

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

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         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.

P DONNIE JONES

·         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.

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         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.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         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.

C CHRIS MYERS

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

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         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.

ILB DARRYL SHARPTON

·         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.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

·         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.

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         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.

DE J.J. WATT

·         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.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         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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Third-quarter notes: Texans 24, Lions 24

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 22, 2012 – 2:30 pm

DETROIT — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the third quarter of Week 12 at Ford Field, where the Texans and Lions are tied 24-24:

THE TEXANS
·         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.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT
·         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.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
·         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.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Batted down his 12th pass of the season when he deflected a throw in the third quarter. Watt is the fourth player since 1982 to record 12 or more sacks and 12 or more passes defensed in the same season.

THE TEXANS
·         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.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT
·         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.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
·         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.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Batted down his 12th pass of the season when he deflected a throw in the third quarter. Watt is the fourth player since 1982 to record 12 or more sacks and 12 or more passes defensed in the same season.


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Postgame notes: Texans 43, Jaguars 37

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 6:44 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations department, notes from Week 11 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 43-37 in overtime:

THE WIN
•         Improved Houston’s record to 9-1 on the season, assuring a second consecutive winning season. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Texans have posted winning records in back-to-back years.
 
•         Improved Houston’s record in overtime to 2-7 all-time and 1-5 at Reliant Stadium.
 
•         Extended Houston’s winning streak against Jacksonville to five games, which is the longest win streak for either team in series history.
 
•         Improved Houston’s record against Jacksonville to 13-9 overall and 8-3 at Reliant Stadium.
 
•         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 56-50 overall, 34-20 at home and 2-3 in overtime.
 
•         Improved QB Matt Schaub’s record as the Texans starting quarterback to 41-33 overall and 25-12 at Reliant Stadium.
 
THE TEXANS OFFENSE
•         Set a franchise record for total offense with 640 yards, bettering the previous high of 549 at Green Bay on 12/7/08. The 640 yards of total offense ranked seventh in NFL history and were the most since 11/10/02 when Pittsburgh gained 645 yards vs. Arizona.
 
•         Tied the franchise scoring record with 43 points. It matched the mark set against Baltimore in Week 7 this season (10/21).
 
•         The 80 combined points scored were the most in team history, topping the previous high of 74 combined points on 10/21/07 when Tennessee defeated Houston 38-36 at Reliant Stadium.
 
•         Overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win the game. It tied for the third-largest deficit overcome in a victory in franchise history. Houston last rallied from 14 down to win on 1/3/10 vs. New England. The team record is an 18-point comeback victory vs. Tennessee on 11/28/04.
 
•         Had more than 30:00 time of possession for the 10th time this season and the 11th consecutive regular-season game. Houston finished the game with 41:40 in time of possession, which is the second-highest possession total in team history behind the Week 2 win at Jacksonville in which they held the ball for 43:17 in regulation.
 
•         Outgained Jacksonville on the ground, 136-86. The Texans improved to 8-0 this season and 45-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.
 
•         Ran the ball 35 times in the game and improved to 41-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.
 
•         Scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third time this season. The last time Houston scored on its opening possession was in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).
 
•         Scored first for the sixth time this season and for the second consecutive game when QB Matt Schaub hit WR Keshawn Martin for a 9-yard score on the first possession of the game.
 
•         Were tied at the end of the first quarter for the second time this season. Houston was also tied after the opening period in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).
 
•         Were tied at halftime for the first time this season.
 
•         Trailed after three quarters for the second time this season. The only previous game in which Houston trailed going into the final period was in Week 6 vs. Green Bay (10/14).
 
THE TEXANS DEFENSE
•         Allowed a touchdown for the first time in nearly two and a half games when Jacksonville QB Chad Henne hit TE Marcedes Lewis for a 13-yard score with 2:56 left in the first quarter. That broke a streak of 157:40 of game time without allowing a touchdown. The last touchdown the Texans gave up came with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s Week 7 game vs. Baltimore (10/21).
 
•         Started the game by forcing a fumble for the second consecutive game. It was Houston’s 19th takeaway on the season.
 
HOUSTON TEXANS IN THE NFL RECORD BOOK
MISCELLANEOUS NOTE
•         This was the first game in NFL history in which two players each had more than 200 receiving yards. Houston WR Andre Johnson finished with 273 yards on 14 catches and Jacksonville WR Justin Blackmon had 236 yards on seven receptions.
 
THE TEXANS OFFENSE
•         Gained the seventh-most yards in a single game in NFL history with 640. It was the most in the League since 11/10/02 when Pittsburgh gained 645 yards vs. Arizona.
 
QB MATT SCHAUB
•         Tied for the second-most passing yards in a game in NFL history with 527. He joined Houston Oilers QB Warren Moon, who threw for 527 vs. Kansas City on 12/16/90. Norm Van Brocklin holds the NFL single-game passing record with 554 yards on 9/28/51 vs. the New York Yanks.
 
•         Tied for the second-most completions in a game in NFL history with 43. The last player to do so was Oakland QB Rich Gannon on 9/15/02 at Pittsburgh. New England QB Drew Bledsoe has the NFL record with 45 completions vs. Minnesota on 11/13/94, also in an overtime game.
 
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
•         Had the ninth-most receiving yards in a game in modern NFL history and the most since 2000 with 273. Flipper Anderson holds the NFL record with 336 yards on 11/26/89 vs. the New Orleans Saints. The last receiver with more yards in a game was Jacksonville WR Jimmy Smith, who had 291 vs. Baltimore on 9/10/2000.
 
•         Recorded his 15th career game with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards, tying Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and New England WR Wes Welker for the most such games in NFL history.
 
HOUSTON TEXANS PLAYER NOTES
TE JAMES CASEY
•         Caught his career-high second touchdown pass of the season and the third of his career when he hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter.
 
TE OWEN DANIELS
•         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 77 with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.
 
ILB TIM DOBBINS
•         Recovered a fumble for the second consecutive game when he scooped up a loose ball after SS Danieal Manning jarred the ball out of Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert’s hand. It was Dobbins’ second recovery of the season and the fifth of his career.
 
RB JUSTIN FORSETT
•         Posted his longest run since the 2010 season when he ripped off a 30-yard gain in the first quarter. He had a 31-yard run vs. Carolina on 12/5/10.
 
•         Reached 1,500 career rushing yards with a 1-yard gain in overtime, his seventh carry of the game. He entered the game with 1,441 career yards.
 
RB ARIAN FOSTER
•         Topped 4,000 career rushing yards on his eighth carry of the game. He entered the game with 3,969 career rushing yards. Foster reached the milestone on his eighth carry of the game, a gain of three yards in the second quarter.
 
TE GARRETT GRAHAM
•         Hauled in a career-long 30-yard pass in the third quarter. His previous long was a gain of 27 yards earlier this year in Week 3 at Denver (9/27).
 
•         Set career highs in receptions, with eight; receiving yards, with 82; and touchdowns, with two. His previous highs were three catches, which he had done twice, 39 yards earlier this year at Denver (9/23) and one touchdown vs. Buffalo (11.4).
 
•         Caught his second career touchdown when he scored on a 1-yard toss from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter. Graham has scored touchdowns in each of the last two home games.
 
WR LESTAR JEAN
•         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers. He finished with one catch for 11 yards.
 
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
•         Finished with 273 receiving yards on 14 catches, both career highs and franchise records, and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a 48-yard catch and run. His 273 receiving yards were the seventh-most in modern NFL history.
 
•         Scored his third touchdown of the season and the 55th of his career when he took a quick screen pass and raced 48 yards to the end zone for the game-winning score in overtime.
 
•         Recorded his 15th career game with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards, tying Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and New England WR Wes Welker for the most such games in NFL history.
 
•         Surpassed 200 receiving yards for the second time in his career and topped 100 receiving yards for the 41st time in his career and the third time this season. He topped the century mark on his fifth catch of the game, a 23-yard gain in the second quarter.
 
•         Topped 100 receiving yards in the first half for the seventh time in his career, going into intermission with 132 yards on seven catches. It was the first time he topped 100 yards before halftime since 9/25/11 at New Orleans, when he had 140 yards on five receptions.
 
•         Passed Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he hauled in a 22-yard pass on the second play of the game. Johnson entered the game needing 14 yards to pass Alworth’s career total of 10,266.
 
•         Passed Harold Jackson (10,372) for 32nd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he caught a 13-yard pass late in the second quarter. He entered the game needing 120 yards to pass Jackson’s total.
 
•         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 92 with a 7-yard catch on the first play of the game.
 
P DONNIE JONES
•         Recorded a 55-yard punt in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games with a punt of 55 yards or longer to five. He has had a punt of at least 55 yards in nine out of Houston’s 10 games this season.
 
SS DANIEAL MANNING
•         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive week when he sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball loose on Jacksonville’s opening drive. It was Manning’s eighth career forced fumble.
 
•         Registered his first sack of the season, first as a Texan and the third of his career when he hit Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball out of his hand on the first defensive series of the game.
 
WR KESHAWN MARTIN
•         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap the opening drive of the game.
 
•         Finished with 238 total return yards (76 punt returns, 162 kickoff returns), the third-most in franchise history and the most since Jerome Mathis had a team-record 266 vs. Kansas City on 11/20/05.
 
•         Returned a second-quarter kickoff 54 yards. It was his longest kickoff return of the season and was the longest of the season for the Texans.
 
•         Returned a fourth-quarter punt 71 yards, a career-long and the longest of the season for the Texans. It was the fifth-longest punt return in franchise history and the longest since Jacoby Jones had a 79-yard return for touchdown on 9/11/11 vs. Indianapolis. It was the second-longest punt return by a rookie in team history behind a 74-yard return by Jacoby Jones vs. Indianapolis on 9/23/07.
 
•         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.
 
NT TERRELL MCCLAIN
•         Made his Texans debut. He took the field for the first time to open Houston’s third defensive series of the game.
 
QB MATT SCHAUB
•         Led the ninth game-winning drive of his career when he led the Texans 53 yards in two plays, culminating in a 48-yard touchdown pass to WR Andre Johnson.
 
•         Led the fourth game-tying drive of his career when he drove the Texans 90 yards in eight plays for a touchdown to tie the game at 34-34.
 
•         Threw for a franchise-record 527 yards on 43-of-55 passing. He topped his own record of 497 yards set in 2010 at Washington (9/19/10), also in overtime.
 
•         Set a franchise record with five touchdown passes in the game. He previously had thrown four touchdowns in a game three times, most recently in Week 3 this season at Denver (9/23).
 
•         Set the franchise record with 43 completions in the game, bettering the previous record of 39 by David Carr on 11/26/06 at the New York Jets. His 55 pass attempts were the second-most in team history behind the 62 passes he threw on 12/13/10 vs. Baltimore, also in overtime.
 
•         Topped 20,000 career passing yards when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game. Schaub entered the game needing 51 yards to reach the milestone.
 
•         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE James Casey for a 1-yard score in the second quarter. It was Schaub’s fifth multi-touchdown game of the season and gave him 15 touchdown passes on the year.
 
•         Threw his third touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Garrett Graham for a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter. It was his second game this season and the 11th of his career with three or more touchdown passes. He threw four touchdowns in Week 3 at Denver (9/23).
 
ILB DARRYL SHARPTON
•         Made his season debut when he took the field on Houston’s first kickoff of the game. Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform while recovering from a torn quadriceps suffered last season.
 
DE J.J. WATT
•         Sacked Jacksonville QB Chad Henne for a 6-yard loss in the fourth quarter, increasing his sack total to 11.5 on the year, tying OLB Connor Barwin’s 2011 total for the third-most in a season in team history.
 
•         Deflected a pass in overtime, raising his season total to 11. He became the seventh player in NFL history to record at least 11.0 sacks and 11 passes defensed in the same season.
 
MISCELLANEOUS STATS
•         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, 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 Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.
 
•         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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Halftime notes: Texans 17, Jaguars 17

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 2:08 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations department, notes from halftime of Week 11 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars are tied 17-17:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third time this season. The last time Houston scored on its opening possession was in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

·         Scored first for the sixth time this season and for the second consecutive game when QB Matt Schaub hit WR Keshawn Martin for a 9-yard score on the first possession of the game.

·         Started the game by forcing a fumble for the second consecutive game. It was Houston’s 19th takeaway on the season.

·         Allowed a touchdown for the first time in nearly two and a half games when Jacksonville QB Chad Henne hit TE Marcedes Lewis for a 13-yard score with 2:56 left in the first quarter. That broke a streak of 157:40 of game time without allowing a touchdown. The last touchdown the Texans gave up came with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s Week 7 game vs. Baltimore (10/21).

·         Were tied at the end of the first quarter for the second time this season. Houston was also tied after the opening period in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

·         Were tied at halftime for the first time this season.

TE JAMES CASEY

·         Caught his career-high second touchdown pass of the season and the third of his career when he hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 77 with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Recovered a fumble for the second consecutive game when he scooped up a loose ball after SS Danieal Manning jarred the ball out of Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert’s hand. It was Dobbins’ second recovery of the season and the fifth of his career.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Posted his longest run since the 2010 season when he ripped off a 30-yard gain in the first quarter. He had a 31-yard run vs. Carolina on 12/5/10.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Topped 4,000 career rushing yards on his eighth carry of the game. He entered the game with 3,969 career rushing yards.

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the 41st time in his career and the third time this season. He topped the mark on his fifth catch of the game, a 23-yard gain in the second quarter.

·         Topped 100 receiving yards in the first half for the seventh time in his career and the first time since 9/25/11 at New Orleans, when he had 140 yards on five receptions.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 92 with an 7-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Passed Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he hauled in a 22-yard pass on the second play of the game. Johnson entered the game needing 14 yards to pass Alworth’s career total of 10,266.

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive week when he sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball loose on Jacksonville’s opening drive. It was Manning’s eighth career forced fumble.

·         Registered his first sack of the season, first as a Texan and the third of his career when he hit Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball out of his hand on the first defensive series of the game.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap the opening drive of the game.

·         Returned a second-quarter kickoff 54 yards. It was his longest kickoff return of the season and was the longest of the season for the Texans.

NT TERRELL MCCLAIN

·         Made his Texans debut. He took the field for the first time to open Houston’s third defensive series of the game.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Topped 20,000 career passing yards when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game. Schaub entered the game needing 51 yards to reach the milestone.

·         Finished the opening drive 4-of-4 for 83 yards and a touchdown.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE James Casey for a 1-yard score in the second quarter. It was Schaub’s fifth multi-touchdown game of the season and gave him 15 touchdown passes on the year.

ILB DARRYL SHARPTON

·         Made his season debut when he took the field on Houston’s first kickoff of the game. Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform while recovering from a torn quadriceps suffered last season.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, 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 Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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First-quarter notes: Texans 7, Jaguars 7

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 12:58 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations department, notes from the first quarter of Week 11 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars are tied 7-7:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third time this season. The last time Houston scored on its opening possession was in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

·         Scored first for the sixth time this season and for the second consecutive game when QB Matt Schaub hit WR Keshawn Martin for a 9-yard score on the first possession of the game.

·         Started the game by forcing a fumble for the second consecutive game. It was Houston’s 19th takeaway on the season.

·         Allowed a touchdown for the first time in nearly two and a half games when Jacksonville QB Chad Henne hit TE Marcedes Lewis for a 13-yard score with 2:56 left in the first quarter. That broke a streak of 157:40 of game time without allowing a touchdown. The last touchdown the Texans gave up came with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s Week 7 game vs. Baltimore (10/21).

·         Were tied at the end of the first quarter for the second time this season. Houston was also tied after the opening period in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 77 with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Recovered a fumble for the second consecutive game when he scooped up a loose ball after SS Danieal Manning jarred the ball out of Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert’s hand. It was Dobbins’ second recovery of the season and the fifth of his career.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Posted his longest run since the 2010 season when he ripped off a 30-yard gain in the first quarter. He had a 31-yard run vs. Carolina on 12/5/10.

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 92 with an 7-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Passed Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he hauled in a 22-yard pass on the second play of the game. Johnson entered the game needing 14 yards to pass Alworth’s career total of 10,266.

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive week when he sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball loose on Jacksonville’s opening drive. It was Manning’s eighth career forced fumble.

·         Registered his first sack of the season, first as a Texan and the third of his career when he hit Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball out of his hand on the first defensive series of the game.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap the opening drive of the game.

NT TERRELL MCCLAIN

·         Made his Texans debut. He took the field for the first time to open Houston’s third defensive series of the game.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Topped 20,000 career passing yards when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game. Schaub entered the game needing 51 yards to reach the milestone.

·         Finished the opening drive 4-of-4 for 83 yards and a touchdown.

ILB DARRYL SHARPTON

·         Made his season debut when he took the field on Houston’s first kickoff of the game. Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform while recovering from a torn quadriceps suffered last season.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, 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 Smithwent to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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Postgame notes: Texans 13, Bears 6

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 12, 2012 – 1:18 am

CHICAGO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 13-6 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 10 at Soldier Field.

THE WIN

·         Improved the Texans’ record to 8-1 on the season, giving the team its best record through nine games in team history.

·         Kept the Texans undefeated against the Bears, improving Houston’s all-time mark to 3-0 against Chicago.

·         Was the fourth consecutive road victory for the Texans, matching a franchise record. Houston previously won four consecutive road games from 12/20/09-10/3/10 and also from 10/23/11-12/11/11.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record in prime time to 5-8 and improved the team’s record on Sunday Night Football to 2-4.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Won the time of possession battle for the ninth time this season, holding the ball for 31:09. Houston improved to 46-19 under head coach Gary Kubiak when possessing the ball more than 30 minutes.

·         Outrushed the Bears, 127-115. The Texans improved to 7-0 this season and 44-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

·         Ran the ball 35 times in the game and improved to 40-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Helped the team post a positive turnover margin for the seventh time this season, with two giveaways and four takeaways for a plus-two margin. Houston is 7-0 this season when winning the turnover battle.

·         Scored a field goal following a fumble recovery in the first quarter. It was Houston’s 15th takeaway of the season and the 11th time the team scored following a takeaway. Houston has scored 57 points off of its 17 takeaways this season.

·         Opened the scoring for the fifth game this season when K Shayne Graham connected on a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter.

·         Led at the end of the first quarter for the sixth time this season, and at halftime and after three quarters for the eighth time this year.

·         Gained a season-low 215 yards of net offense. The 215 net yards were tied for the sixth-fewest in a victory in franchise history. Houston also gained 215 yards in wins at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.

·         Scored a season-low 13 points. The 13 points were tied for the second-fewest scored in a victory in franchise history. Houston scored 12 points in a win over Buffalo in 2003 (12-10, 11/16/03) and has scored 13 points in victories twice before, most recently on 12/14/08 vs. Tennessee, a 13-12 win.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Held Chicago to six points in the game. That point total was tied for the fourth-fewest points allowed in a game in team history. Houston has held its opponent to six points on six previous occasions, most recently on 10/4/09 vs. Oakland.

·         Held an opponent to fewer than 20 points for the seventh time this season and the 17th time over the last two years. Houston improved to 16-1 in those games over the last two years and 39-2 under Kubiak when allowing fewer than 20 points.

·         Limited Chicago’s offense to eight first downs in the game, which is tied for the second-fewest first downs allowed in a game in team history. Houston also allowed eight first downs vs. Oakland on 10/4/09. The franchise record is six allowed at Jacksonville on 12/26/04.

·         Held Chicago to 2-of-13 on third-down attempts in the game, for a 15 percent conversion rate. It was the fourth game this season in which Houston held its opponent to 20 percent or less on third-down conversions.

·         Forced three turnovers in the first quarter, which is the most in team history in the opening period. The Texans have previously forced two turnovers in the first quarter seven times, most recently on 9/11/11 vs. Indianapolis.

·         Forced three turnovers in a single quarter for the third time in team history and the second time this season. Houston forced four turnovers in the second quarter of the season opener vs. Miami (9/9) and forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter at Oakland on 12/3/06.

·         Forced four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumble recoveries) in the first half, to tie a franchise record for turnovers forced in the first half of a game. The Texans also forced four turnovers in the first half against Miami in the 2012 season opener on 9/9/12.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Recovered his first fumble of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked up a fumble on the first play of the game. He returned the fumble 28 yards.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Turned in his longest run of the season when he picked up 25 yards on a second-quarter carry. It was Forsett’s longest run since 2010 with Seattle.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored a touchdown in his 11th consecutive regular-season game when he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. The touchdown catch was his second of the season and the sixth of his career.

·         Topped 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game and the fifth time this season. Foster has run for 100 or more yards 21 times in his career. He finished the game with 102 yards on 29 carries.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Connected on field goals of 20 and 42 yards. It was his fifth game this season with multiple made field goals.

ILB BRADIE JAMES

·         Recovered a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first fumble recovery as a Texan and the 13th of his career.

CB KAREEM JACKSON

·         Intercepted his fourth pass of the season in the second quarter. It was the seventh interception of his career. Jackson is now tied for fourth with Jason Allen (2010-11) on the franchise’s all-time interception list.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 91 with an 11-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Caught the 750th pass of his career when he hauled in an 8-yard pass in the second quarter. Johnson entered the game with 748 career receptions.

·         Passed Hall of Fame WRs Michael Irvin and Charlie Joiner with his 751st career reception, his third catch of the game.

P DONNIE JONES

·         Boomed a 59-yard punt in the third quarter. He has now had at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in four consecutive games and in eight out of nine games this season.

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Forced a fumble on the first defensive play of the game. It was his first forced fumble of the season, his first as a Texan and the seventh of his career.

·         Tied his career high with his second interception of the season when he picked off Chicago QB Jay Cutler in the first quarter. It was his 11th career interception. Manning also had two interceptions in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his second forced fumble of the season and the second of his career. He also forced a fumble in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Won his 40th game as the Texans’ starting quarterback. He improved his record to 40-33 under center for Houston.

·         Tossed his 13th touchdown pass of the season when he hit RB Arian Foster for a 3-yard score in the second quarter.

LG WADE SMITH

·         Started the 75th game of his career.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, TE Owen Daniels, SSTroy Nolan, 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 and Johnson went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Bears won the toss and elected to defer their option until the second half.


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