Tuesday, October 9, 2018
HOUSTON -- DeAndre Hopkins had 151 yards receiving, including a key reception in overtime, and Ka'imi Fairbairn's 36-yard field goal lifted the Houston Texans to a 19-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
The Cowboys got the ball first in OT but had to punt when Zach Cunningham stopped Ezekiel Elliott for no gain on third and 1 near midfield.
A 49-yard catch and run by Hopkins got the Texans in scoring range.
He grabbed a short pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson and twice spun away from would-be tacklers to stretch the play.
"I fumbled, so I knew I had to make a play," Hopkins said. "There was a lot of guys downfield but I wasn't trying to go down easy. A field goal would win the game and I knew that. I knew where I was, and I felt guys coming around me."
Fairbairn made four field goals to help the Texans to the victory.
It is Houston's first victory over the Cowboys (2-3) since the teams' first game Sept. 8, 2002, ending a three-game losing streak to Dallas. The Texans (2-3) did it in front of a franchise-record crowd of 72,008, which was peppered with plenty of Cowboys fans.
Watson threw for 375 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Texans, who won in overtime for the second consecutive week.
Dak Prescott had 208 yards passing and a touchdown but threw two interceptions for the Cowboys. Elliott, who entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher, was limited to 54 yards rushing.
The Texans were driving late in the fourth quarter when Xavier Woods intercepted Watson, who threw under heavy pressure, with 10 seconds left and returned it 15 yards to give Dallas the ball at its 47. Kareem Jackson nearly intercepted Prescott on the next play before his Hail Mary on the last play of regulation was knocked down by Hopkins, who came in to play defense.
A 27-yard pass interference call by Byron Jones on a ball intended for Hopkins got Houston to the 1 in the third quarter. But two failed running plays followed by an incomplete pass forced another field goal, which gave the Texans a 16-13 lead with about 8½ minutes remaining.
The Cowboys tied it up on a 48-yard field goal with less than six minutes left. That drive was highlighted by a 44-yard pass by Prescott to Tavon Austin that he made after escaping sacks by J.J. Watt, Brandon Dunn and Zach Cunningham.
Prescott's second interception came when Johnathan Joseph broke up a pass and rookie Justin Reid caught it just before it hit the turf in the third quarter. The Texans drove to the 3 on the ensuing possession before the drive stalled and Fairbairn kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie it at 13-13.
Dallas 6 0 7 3 0 -- 16
Houston 0 10 3 3 3 -- 19
Dal--FG Maher 27, 10:03.
Dal--FG Maher 43, 3:10.
Hou--Coutee 1 pass from Watson (Fairbairn kick), 13:40.
Hou--FG Fairbairn 20, 6:00.
Dal--Hurns 3 pass from Prescott (Maher kick), 11:52.
Hou--FG Fairbairn 21, 5:02.
Hou--FG Fairbairn 19, 8:31.
Dal--FG Maher 48, 5:39.
Hou--FG Fairbairn 36, 1:50.
First downs 14 25
Total Net Yards 292 462
Rushes-yards 29-98 31-88
Passing 194 374
Punt Returns 2-22 2-29
Kickoff Returns 0-0 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 1-15 2-17
Comp-Att-Int 18-29-2 33-44-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-14 1-1
Punts 5-44.0 3-53.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-72 5-25
Time of Possession 31:32 36:38
RUSHING--Dallas, Elliott 20-54, Prescott 6-34, R.Smith 3-10. Houston, Blue 20-46, Watson 10-40, Coutee 1-2.
PASSING--Dallas, Prescott 18-29-2-208. Houston, Watson 33-44-1-375.
RECEIVING--Dallas, Elliott 7-30, Swaim 3-55, Thompson 2-19, Austin 1-44, Gathers 1-32, Jarwin 1-11, Beasley 1-8, Gallup 1-6, Hurns 1-3. Houston, Hopkins 9-151, Blue 8-73, Griffin 6-65, Coutee 6-51, Fuller 2-15, Jor.Thomas 1-11, Akins 1-9.
MISSED FIELD GOALS--Houston, Fairbairn 48.
Sports on 10/09/2018
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