Instant replay: Texans lose lead, game to Seahawks

Instant replay: Texans lose lead, game to Seahawks
September 29, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Watt doesn't hold back: 'This sucks, nobody likes to lose'

Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs with the ball against Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith (94) in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium.

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The Texans had a chance to beat the best team in the NFL.

They failed. 

After leading by as many as 17 points, the Texans gave away their lead and lost 23-20 on a Seahawks field goal in overtime.

On the final drive in overtime, Kareem Jackson was flagged for a personal foul after he picked up a receiver and slammed him to the ground. That 15-yarder put the Seahawks in field goal range. Houston had two possessions in overtime.

The Texans had a seven-point lead when Matt Schaub made another horrendous decision. This time, Schaub tried to force a pass to Owen Daniels with pressure in his face and was picked off by Richard Sherman. Sherman returned the interception 58 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. It was Schaub’s second interception of the game and his third interception returned for a touchdown.

The Seahawks drove 98 yards to cut the deficit to seven points. But on the next drive, Russell Wilson was forced to throw off his back foot because of pressure and was intercepted by Johnathan Joseph.

The Texans’ offense was clicking and the defense was nearly impenetrable early. The Texans outgained the Seahawks 324-88 in the first quarter, and that included a 41-yard run by Marshawn Lynch.

The Texans had more offensive yards in the first half than the Seahawks allowed in any of their first three games.

Houston’s defense didn’t look the same without Brian Cushing, who left early with a concussion.

The turning point
Schaub’s interception was brutal. It was a terrible mistake to make with his team up by seven points in the fourth quarter.

What it means

The Texans fell to 2-2. They had a very real chance to beat Seattle and gave it away.


Injury update
Cushing left the game in the third quarter. He had a concussion and did not return. Joseph needed to leave the game in the second quarter but returned in the second half.

There was a scary moment in the second quarter, when Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett was down on the ground after a collision. Trainers made sure not to move the lineman and took him off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a local hospital with a lower back injury but had feeling in all of his extremities.

Offensive hero
Andre Johnson, who came into the game battling a shin bruise, didn’t let it affect him on Sunday. He went up against the best cornerback in the league, Richard Sherman, and continually found ways to get open. His catch on a third down in the second quarter helped the Texans drive down the field to score their second touchdown.


Offensive zero
While Johnson was able to get open, DeAndre Hopkins didn’t. Tough day for the rookie, who had to deal with Sherman plenty, too.

Defensive hero
J.J. Watt was J.J. Watt. Going against a depleted Seahawks’ secondary, Watt wreaked havoc. On the defensive stop that led to the Texans’ first touchdown, Watt had a tackle for loss on second down and then combined with Antonio Smith for a sack on third to force a punt. And then there was Cushing. His name was called a lot on Sunday. Whitney Mercilus also had a good game.


Defensive zero
The Seattle secondary was highly regarded coming into the game but gave up yards and points early. They made up for it with a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown by Sherman in the fourth quarter though.

Did you know?

The Texans’ 324 yards of offense in the first half is the second-most in franchise history.

Key stat
Schaub has six interceptions this season. Three have been returned for touchdowns. 
 
Who's next?
It doesn’t get any easier for the Texans. They have to travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers on Sunday Night Football next week. The Niners beat the Rams on Thursday night to improve their record to 2-2. They’ll have an extra few days to prepare for the Texans.

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