Gary Kubiak on Randy Bullock, game ball
The Texans found a way to win a wild, wild game on Sunday.
After missing a chance to win the game in regulation, the Texans marched down the field to score a touchdown to beat the Titans 30-24 in overtime.
DeAndre Hopkins made a huge catch to set up the game-winning touchdown, then caught a three-yarder in the end zone for a touchdown. He finished with seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.
The game-winning drive in overtime went 78 yards on 11 plays.
Randy Bullock had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a 46-yarder with no time remaining.
With about three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Texans traveled 87 yards in just over a minute, scored and got a two-point conversion to tie the game at 24-24 and force overtime.
DeAndre Hopkins had several big catches on that game-tying drive in regulation and Andre Johnson had a huge catch at the two-yard line and held on despite being tattooed by Bernard Pollard. Johnson’s catch was originally ruled an incompletion but the call was reversed after a challenge. Arian Foster ran the ball in for a touchdown and then got the two-point conversion too.
Earlier in the second half, the Titans trailed by six, and with the ball deep in their own end, traveled 99 yards on nine plays to take a lead. Matt Schaub struggled on Sunday. After the Titans took a 17-16 lead, Schaub was intercepted by Alterraun Verner, who took the pass 23 yards the other way for a touchdown. That put the Titans up by eight, which set up the Texans for a comeback.
The defense was fantastic in the second half until the long touchdown drive. J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing led the unit and Joe Mays and Antonio Smith combined to help get a safety in the fourth quarter.
The Texans’ first drive of the game went as good as possible. It took them five plays to go 80 yards. They went 79 yards on four carries to set up a one-yard play-action pass to Garrett Graham to go up 7-0. Ben Tate had a 60-yarder down the sideline on the drive.
The turning point
In overtime, Hopkins caught a four-yard touchdown pass to win the game.
What it means
The Texans are now 2-0. They are now 2-0 to start the season for four straight seasons. They have also won three in a row against the Titans for the first time in their history.
DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Without Andre Johnson late, Hopkins became the feature receiver and played very well.
Wade Smith had a tough game against young Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. Smith got pushed around a little bit. For a while it was scary when Duane Brown went down with injury. But he got his foot taped up and got back on the field.
Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt were both very good. Cushing had two sacks by halftime and was all over the field. Watt had two sacks and gave rookie guard Chance Warmack a nice introduction to the NFL. Warmack had to deal with Watt all day and will probably see him when he closes his eyes to go to sleep tonight.
Kareem Jackson was having a big game but two plays really hurt the team. On the 99-yard scoring drive by the Titans, Jackson was called for a personal foul on a hit to the head of a receiver. Then, he was beaten by Delanie Walker on the touchdown.
Did you know?
Sunday’s attendance was 71,718. That is a new Texans record.
The Texans head back on the road for Week 3 to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens look like a different team than they did last year but are still a threat. This will be the return of Reed to his former city.