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The Texans beat the Cowboys in overtime, 19-16

Largest crowd in Texans history

October 07, 2018 - 11:16 pm

by Brad Wright | @spoondj

For only the third time in Texans history, the Dallas Cowboys made the trip down I-45 to compete for state bragging rights for the next four years and positive momentum heading into the second quarter of the season. 

The Cowboys began the game with two drives that stalled and were forced to settle for two field goals and the lead, 6-0. From the start of the game, it was clear that the Texans had a plan to take away the Ezekiel Elliot running and to make Dak Prescott win by throwing the ball. Elliot ended the game with just 54 yards on 20 carries. 

Though Lamar Miller was missing from the inactive reports, Alfred Blue received the start at running back. And even though Blue got the start, Deshaun Watson was able to take advantage of what the Cowboys gave him and ran for 36 yards in the first half.

The Texans, on an eight-play 70-yard drive, were able to finally to score with a 1-yard pass/toss to Keke Coutee, giving the Texans the 7-6 lead. Deshaun Watson looked sharp, in rhythm, and got the ball out of his hands quickly.

 

Kareem Jackson became the all-time interception leader (15) with a pick on Dak Prescott, setting the Texans up for a final drive of the first half. 

Deshaun and the offense, with the help of a defenseless receiver penalty on Keke Coutee, drove down to the Dallas 1-yard line but was unable to score and turned the ball over on downs. 

Halftime score 10-6.

The Texans differed to the second half and only ran one play to DeAndre Hopkins, but a fumble by Hopkins set the Cowboys up in the Texans territory. Five plays and 16-yards later, the Cowboys took the lead 13-10. 

Rookie cornerback, Justin Ried, picked off Dak Prescott for his first interception of his career, setting the Texans up at the Dallas 29-yard line. The red zone inefficiency of the Texans continued with the failure of scoring a touchdown and settling for a field goal to tie the game with 5:02 in the 3rd quarter.

 

For the second week in a row, JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney were able to get to the QB, recording a sack each and stopping Cowboy drives late in the game.

In a crucial drive to start the fourth quarter, the Texans were the beneficiaries of a pass interference in the end zone, setting up first and goal. Again, the red zone woes show up and the Texans walk away with only three points from Ka'imi Fairbairn. 

In the Texans' final drive of the fourth quarter, Deshaun Watson and Keke Coutee connected to move to midfield, but a rushed Watson threw a pass that landed in Dallas' hands.

In the last play of regulation, Prescott threw a hail mary that was deflected by DeAndre Hopkins. 

Dallas won the toss and elected to receive to start overtime but was not successful in scoring on their first possession of the overtime period. 

Now, sudden death. 

The Texans took over with 5:40 left in overtime. Deshaun Watson made the perfect throw to DeAndre Hopkins and he made magic happen with three spin moves gaining 40 yards and moving into Cowboys territory. 

With three Alfred Blue runs, the Texans set up for a 36-yard game winning field goal, which Ka'imi Fairbairn nailed to give the Texans their second win of the season. 

The Texans win 19-16 with 72,008 people in attendance; the largest crowd in Texans franchise history. 

Next Up: The Buffalo Bills visit NRG Stadium on Sunday, 10/14, at noon.

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