The Houston Texans moved to 2-0 on the young 2013 season with a second improbable come from behind victory Sunday at Reliant Stadium in their home opener. The Texans won the game 30-24 in overtime, capping a drive that lasted just over four minutes after they won the coin toss to begin the OT period.
After coming back for a 31-28 last play field goal victory in San Diego just six days earlier, the Texans found themselves on the short end of the scoreboard again Sunday, trailing 28-20 with under three minutes remaining after quarterback Matt Schaub threw a pick-six with Houston clinging to a slim one point lead late in the fourth quarter.
It was a crazy game, to say the least, but Schaub redeemed himself in regulation, driving the offense to a score just inside of two minutes left in the contest. Arian Foster, more on sheer determination than anything else, found a way to get the ball over the goal line before his knee hit the turf, tying the game at 28.
The Texans actually had a chance to win on the last play of regulation, just as they had done last Monday night, but first year kicker Randy Bullock, who had a terrible day to say the least, missed his third field goal of the day, forcing the overtime period.
After winning the coin toss, Schaub led the team down the field and capped the victory with a touchdown pass to rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Texans owner Bob McNair had nothing but praise for the team after the big win. “I knew that we had to score and had to go for (a 2-point conversion). I knew it was going to be tough, but we have done it. We moved the ball down the field, and hoped we had enough energy to (score) again and we did. I tell you, it is pretty exciting. A couple of year ago, I don’t think we would have come back like t.hat. I could do with a little better (of a) margin, but I am just so proud. We want a team that Houston can be proud of, and if you can’t be proud of this (team), I don’t know what you are looking for.”
A relieved Coach Gary Kubiak addressed the media in attendance after the big win. “This team we played today basically said (WR) Andre (Johnson) was not going to beat them in the way they played us. Ultimately, somebody else was going to have to come up and make some plays. And (WR DeAndre) Hop(kins) played huge in the back end of the game. He made some big plays. That’s what he’s here for. We survived today because of some great heroics and some plays by him. Trusting him, putting up some balls, putting up some jump balls and trusting him.”
Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips also had praise for his troops and the job they did all day. “I told the team after the game, if this keeps happening, they’re going to give me gray hair. But you know – what an exciting game, what a great effort, the same as we had last week. The guys just never give up. They’re going to play, and they’re going to play, and they feel like they can win, and they did. You just don’t see many games like that. We won a lot of games two years ago, but these last two, you have to have a lot of maturity with your team. 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 had to make them. You hate that it has to come down to that every time, but if you can do that, you have a good team. I feel like we have a good team.”
Things don’t get any easier for the Texans when they go on the road this Sunday to Baltimore to take on the 1-1 reigning World Champion Ravens. Bob McNair, Gary Kubiak, Wade Phillips, and all the coaches, players and Houston fans are hoping to see the team move to 3-0 on the season without having to hold their collective breaths for the whole game. Hopefully, the team will garner another “w”, but will be able to get that accomplished a little earlier in the fourth quarter this week!