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Texans beat Titans in an overtime thriller

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For the second week in a row, the Houston Texans have come from behind to win on a fantastic finish. And this week was even crazier than last week.

The Texans went into overtime to beat the Titans, and overtime only came after one of the craziest late-game sequences you’ll ever see, as Texans kicker Randy Bullock got four tries at a game-winning field goal: The first time, Bullock’s kick was good, but Titans coach Mike Munchak had called timeout to ice the kicker, and the play had been waved off. On Bullock’s second try the field goal was blocked, but the Titans were offside, so the Texans got another chance. On the third try, the kick was wide left, but Munchak had called timeout to ice the kicker again. The fourth try was the one that finally counted, and it bounced off the upright and missed.

That led to overtime, where the Texans received the kickoff, marched down the field and scored on a Matt Schaub pass to DeAndre Hopkins, who leapt into the air in the end zone, tiptoed in bounds and secured the ball as he was knocked to the ground.

It had been a back-and-forth game all day, with the Texans jumping out to an early lead, the Titans coming back to lead at halftime, the Texans appearing to take control early in the fourth quarter and then the Titans taking yet another lead. Just after the two-minute warning Arian Foster scored a 1-yard touchdown and then scored a two-point conversion to tie the game.

The win is the second in a row that came only after the Texans appeared to be in deep trouble in the fourth quarter, and although neither win has come easy, Houston will gladly take them both. The Texans are 2-0.

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20 Responses to “Texans beat Titans in an overtime thriller”
  1. jakec4 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:51 PM

    Icing the kicker actually worked? Sorry I missed that.

  2. houstononmyback says: Sep 15, 2013 4:52 PM

    NUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKK

  3. txtuff says: Sep 15, 2013 4:55 PM

    The Houston Texans need to change their name to the Houston Heart Attack Kids!

  4. groleo45 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:56 PM

    Seems like 1/3 of “Ice the kicker” timeouts result in a miss, followed by a make after the timeout.

    Why the hell do coaches still do this?

  5. gatorsandsteelerssuckbigblackclocks says: Sep 15, 2013 5:01 PM

    What a turd of a game. Texans didn’t deserve this one. And good lord, could the announcers have at least tried to mask who they were pulling for. I think they soiled their shorts every time watt blew his nose. And by nose I mean Matt schaub.

  6. titanmanic says: Sep 15, 2013 5:02 PM

    Imagine if tennessee had a legit qb

  7. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 15, 2013 5:13 PM

    TN deserves the loss just for those horrible uniforms.

  8. 1910nuffsaid says: Sep 15, 2013 5:13 PM

    As a Texans fan I have to agree the announcers were very biased. I suppose that makes up for Berman and Dilfer on Monday night. Tennessee’s D is no joke they are a gonna be a team that makes some noise this year.

  9. flipola says: Sep 15, 2013 5:20 PM

    Titans D looked great near the end. Then come the long pass plays, a familiar sight the past few years.

    I expect Bullock to be cut first thing in the morning.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 15, 2013 5:39 PM

    Titans D looked great. They overpowered our offensive line all day. Duane Brown got smoked again all day.

    Matt Schaub, especially in the 2nd half, was getting harassed on almost every play….

    But Nuk came up huge, especially after making that huge error that caused the pick 6.

    I don’t expect Bullock to be cut, but I do expect the Texans to pick up a veteran kicker in the morning.

    Happy to see them win, expected it to be easier. Respect to the Titans for making a massive improvement on defense.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 15, 2013 5:41 PM

    On a separate note… how were those announcers so stupid on that safety call… the plane of the goal starts on the OUTSIDE of the line. The painted line is INSIDE the endzone.

    It was obvious that the ball had not eclipsed the painted line and an easy safety call.

  12. htowntexan says: Sep 15, 2013 5:44 PM

    Our special teams is continuing the tradition of being just awful. Plain awful. Unacceptable. Nothing more you can say about them.

  13. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 15, 2013 5:46 PM

    1st and 10 at the three yard line, where a chip shot field wins the game, and Texans run a play?

    Kubiak needs to have his head examined.

  14. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 15, 2013 5:47 PM

    1st and 10 at the three yard line, where a chip shot field goal wins the game, and Texans run a play?

    Kubiak needs to have his head examined.

  15. xmiksticky says: Sep 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    Field goal doesn’t win the game? And my Titans played well until the very end on defense there can’t wait to see them play again at LP! The offense though come on they were rushing 5 all day and we tried 1 HB screen the whole game… why?

  16. titansbro says: Sep 15, 2013 6:11 PM

    Titans gotta find a way to hold on to games like this. Good teams don’t lose like that. And where is Chris Johnson? Under 4 ypc today. Not good enough.

  17. blazertop says: Sep 15, 2013 6:51 PM

    Fast start to the season and then they’ll fade out at the end again. I mean, Kubiaverage is still the coach.

  18. davesmall1 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:08 PM

    Arian Foster is money. With the game on the line, he comes through.

    Hopkins looks like he’s going to be in the running for Rookie of the Year.

    JJ Watt and Brian Cushing may tie for Defensive Player of the Year.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 9:51 AM

    On one hand I want to say that great teams find a way to win games like this.

    But on the other hand, great teams don’t get manhandled like that by inferior teams. And Titan’s fans, if you really look objectively, on paper, the Texans are a better team.

    I do have to admit the Titan’s defense looked very stout yesterday. Their front 7 was giving the Texans O line fits, especially on 3rd down.

    But the game MVP was Shane Lechler. How many drives did the Titans start inside their own 10? Changes the mindset when you’re backed up on your goal line time in and time out.

  20. Ann Alexander says: Sep 17, 2013 2:14 AM

    8to80texansblog – Kubiak confirmed, in his press conference this afternoon, that Schaub had messed up the play that caused the pick 6 by misreading the play. Nuk did exactly what he was supposed to do.

    Thelastpieceofcheese et al, a field goal doesn’t win it in OT, it gives the opposing team an opportunity to score, and if they don’t have a scoring run, then the game is over. Touchdown ends it, period. That’s why Kubiak went for the winning touchdown.

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