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Sometimes persistence pays off.
Despite being tied three to three nearing the end of the first half with their season-opening opponents Miami Dolphins, the Houston Texans reeled off 21 straight points in the last two minutes of the second quarter to hold the lead for the rest of the game, ultimately winning 30-10 in Houston on Sunday.
The second half jail quarter was lead by running back Arian Foster who finished the game with 79 yards rushing and two scores, both in the second half. Wide receiver Andre Johnson finished with eight catches for 119 yards and a score, also in the second quarter.
Starting quarterback Matt Schaub also had a great stat line with 266 yards and a 102.4 quarterback rating, but it was the Texans’ defense that really held the most sway all game long. The D forced four turnovers, including three interceptions from Dolphins’ rookie QB Ryan Tannehill’s first game. The Texans also had two sacks, including 1.5 from J.J. Watt who also batted down 2 passes and caused havoc all afternoon.
The Texans, despite a very slow start after the first quarter, have to be be please with a offense that finally got clicking, as well as a defense that held Miami to less than 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing.
The Dolphins were probably hoping for a better start from their rookie QB Tannehill, and from a rushing game that only produced 69 yards from starter Reggie Bush, and got mediocre games from most of their receivers. The Dolphin defense was also gashed badly, allowing some 337 total yards and thirty points, although the team did notch three sacks.
The Texans most likely wanted their offense to get in high gear earlier, but have to be happy with the result of a game many fans and experts expected them to win. The Big Three of the Houston offense (Schaub, Foster, and Johnson) had solid to great games and the defense stepped up big time. Any team will take a Week One win, and on a day that was full of more than a few upset-minded bids, the Texans will count their blessings and look to build on a good win going into Week Two.
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