Gary Kubiak on Randy Bullock, game ball
The Texans have two wins and, amazingly, no heart attacks. Yet.
"It's probably not the best for your blood pressure,” J.J. Watt said, “but we won the game."
For the second straight week, the Texans found a way to pull off an improbable and wild comeback win to improve to 2-0. On Sunday, they found themselves down eight points in the fourth quarter and eventually topped the Titans in overtime 30-24. The Texans have won each of the first two games on the last play of the game.
“We don’t want to have to win games like this but the fact that we are, and we’re making as many mistakes as we’re making offensively speaking, and still finding a way to get it done is huge,” tight end Owen Daniels said. “Great teams find a way to win.”
With the win over the Titans (1-1), the Texans are undefeated heading into their road game against the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (1-1).
The Texans actually had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter but then gave up a touchdown on a 99-yard drive from the Titans. On the ensuing offensive possession, Matt Schaub threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Very quickly, the Texans’ six-point lead turned into an eight-point deficit.
But the offense found a way to travel down the field and Arian Foster punched in a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game 24-24. Randy Bullock had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a 46-yarder with no time remaining. He was 0-for-3 in the game.
That set up the stage for the overtime touchdown drive and some late-game heroics from rookie DeAndre Hopkins, who caught the game-winner and finished with seven grabs for 117 yards.
“It’s just great character for us to find a way to win two weeks in a row like that,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “Obviously, you’re not going to get away with that in this league. I think this is a very good football team that we just played. I think they played extremely well. And we are very fortunate to get out of here with another win today.”
The Texans’ first drive of the game was fantastic. 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.
But after that, the offense struggled to find a rhythm against a new-look Titans defense, which clearly has been upgraded with the addition of coach Gregg Williams.
“We started off great, going right down the field and getting a score, but struggled the rest of the game, though. Not exactly sure why,” Daniels said. “Can’t put my finger on it. I thought we were ridding the ball pretty well with 2-3 and 44, guys up front were working. Tennessee did a good job defensively. They had a good game plan but you have to play it all out. When we needed to do it, when we needed to put something together, we did it.”
Tate had 93 yards rushing and Arian Foster added 79 and a touchdown. Schaub completed 26 of 48 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns but had two costly interceptions. Hopkins had seven catches for 117 yards and a score and Andre Johnson, who was being evaluated for a possible concussion, added eight catches for 76 yards.
“It’s hard,” Titans head coach Mike Munchak said. “It’s a feeling where you want to tell them remember what this feels like we don’t want to be in this position again. We played against a very good football team. We were toe-to-toe with them throughout the game.”
Aside from the 99-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, the Texans’ defense played well. It gave up 14 points and scored two on a safety. While the offense was sputtering, the defense played a field position game.
“These last two, you have to have a lot of maturity,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “You have to believe in each other. We kept believing in the offense. The offense kept believing in the defense and we made plays when we needed to make them. You hate that it has to come down to that every time but if you can do that, you’re a good team.”