RECAP: Texans vs. Eagles – Back to Reality

RECAP: Texans vs. Eagles – Back to Reality

RECAP: Texans vs. Eagles – Back to Reality

 
 
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The Houston Texans did all they could but a 35-yard field goal from Jake Elliot sealed the victory for the Philadelphia Eagles, 32-30. While Deshaun Watson wowed all four quarters, his arsenal took a hit. The defense made several key plays but also allowed 519 yards of total offense from Nick Foles.

THE TEXANS

  • Forced three turnovers (two fumble recoveries and one interception) and had only one turnover for a turnover differential of plus-two
  • Gained 371 net yards (62 rushing and 309 passing) and 25 first downs (four rushing, 17 passing, four by penalty)
  • Held the Eagles to 57 yards rushing on 22 carries (2.6 avg.), which marks the third-consecutive game the Texans have allowed fewer than 3.0 yards per carry and fifth time overall, which ties a franchise record (five in 2009) for the most games limiting the opponent to fewer than 3.0 yards per carry in a single season

SCORING PLAYS

  • 2nd Quarter – K Ka’imi Fairbairn connected on a 30-yard field goal attempt following a 12-play, 63-yard drive (6:40) to cut the Eagles’ lead to 7-3
  • 2nd Quarter – QB Deshaun Watson scored a touchdown on a five-yard run to give the Texans a 9-7 lead one play after DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney sacked, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble on Eagles QB Nick Foles. K Ka’imi Fairbairn missed the extra point attempt
  • 2nd Quarter – QB Deshaun Watson scored a touchdown on a six-yard run to cap off an eight-play, 80-yard drive (1:51) and give the Texans a 16-13 lead. K Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point attempt
  • 4th Quarter – RB D’Onta Foreman caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson to complete a five-play, 55-yard drive (0:40) and cut the Eagles’ lead to 29-23 after K Ka’imi Faibairn made the extra point attempt
  • 4th Quarter – WR Vyncint Smith caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson to finish off an eight-play, 80-yard drive (2:02) and give the Texans a 30-29 lead after K Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point attempt

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

  • The following six Texans were captains for the game: WR DeAndre Hopkins, CB Johnathan Joseph, S Tyrann Mathieu, ILB Brian Peters, QB Deshaun Watson and DE J. Watt
  • The following seven Texans players were inactive for the game: WR Keke Coutee, NT Brandon Dunn, DE Joel Heath, T Roderick Johnson, RB Lamar Miller, S Mike Tyson and CB Shareece Wright
  • The following two Texans players made their 2018 season debut: CB Deante Burton and RB D’Onta Foreman
  • The following player was active but did not play in the game for the Texans: QB Brandon Weeden
  • Philadelphia won the toss and elected to defer. Houston received the first half kickoff

TEXANS PLAYER NOTES

CB JOHNSON BADEMOSI

  • Recorded two special teams tackles and now has seven total special teams tackles this season

RB ALFRED BLUE

  • Ran for 14 yards on four (3.5 avg.) and caught four passes for 26 yards (6.5 avg.)
  • Set a new single-season career high for receptions with 18. Blue had 15 receptions in 2014 and 2015

CB DEANTE BURTON

  • Recorded four total tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble
  • Forced a fumble for the first time in his NFL career on Eagles TE Zach Ertz in the third quarter. Philadelphia recovered the fumble

WR DEANDRE CARTER

  • Caught six passes for 61 receiving yards (10.2 avg.)
  • Set a new single-game career high in receiving yards
  • Tied his single-game career high in receptions (Week 13 vs. Cleveland)
  • Returned five kickoffs for 122 yards (24.4 avg.), including a 30-yard long

DE/OLB JADEVEON CLOWNEY 

  • Recorded eight total tackles (five solo), 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss, three quarterback hits, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
    Joined Khalil Mack, Bobby Wagner and Chandler Jones as the only players to record 1.0 sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in a game this season
    Tied his single-game career high with eight total tackles
  • Sacked and forced fumble on Eagles QB Nick Foles at the Philadelphia five-yard line for a loss of nine yards. Clowney also recovered the fumble at the Eagles’ five-yard line. Houston scored a touchdown on the next play
  • Now has 9.0 sacks this season and 29.0 in his NFL career (2014-18). He ranks fourth in franchise history in sacks
  • Logged his first forced fumble of the season and the fifth of his NFL career
  • Notched his single-season career-high third fumble recovery of the season and the fifth of his NFL career
  • Registered his 19th quarterback hit of the season and the 65th of his NFL career
  • Tallied his 15th tackle for loss of the season and the 63rd of his NFL career
  • Logged his first pass defensed of the season and the 11th of his NFL career
  • Registered his 52nd tackle for loss since 2016 and is one of four players with more than 50 tackles for loss since the start of the 2016 season, joining Chandler Jones, Aaron Donald and Cameron Jordan
  • Posted his sixth game this season with multiple quarterback hits and now has 18 in his NFL career
  • Tied for the ninth-most career forced fumbles in Texans history (five)
  • Tied Morlon Greenwood (five) for the fourth-most career fumble recoveries in Texans history
  • Tackled Eagles QB Nick Foles in the backfield on Philadelphia’s two-point conversion attempt

ILB ZACH CUNNINGHAM

  • Recorded 12 total tackles (seven solo) and one forced fumble
  • Joined Kiko Alonso and Bobby Wagner as the only players in the NFL to record multiple games with at least 10 total tackles and one forced fumble this season
  • Registered the second-most tackles in a game in his NFL career and most since Week 6 vs. Buffalo (13)
  • Forced a fumble on Eagles RB Josh Adams at the Houston 47-yard line that was recovered by S Justin Reid at the Houston 45-yard line
  • Tallied his second forced fumble of the season and the third of his NFL career (2017-18)

P TREVOR DANIEL

  • Punted four times for 161 yards (40.3 avg.), including a 51 yarder, and pinned two punts inside the 20-yard line

K KA’IMI FAIRBAIRN

  • Scored six total points on one made field goal and three made extra point attempts
  • Leads the NFL in total points scored this season with 142
  • Leads the NFL in field goals made this season with 35
  • Passed Shayne Graham (138 in 2012) for the most points scored in a single season in franchise history
  • Has made his last 13 field goal attempts (Weeks 12-16)
  • Connected on a 30-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter to cut the Eagles’ lead to 7-3

RB D’ONTA FOREMAN

  • Caught two passes for 28 yards (14.0 avg.) and one touchdown
  • Caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson in the fourth quarter to cut the Eagles’ lead to 29-23
    Recorded the first touchdown reception of his NFL career (2017-18)

WR DEANDRE HOPKINS

  • Caught nine passes for 104 receiving yards (11.6 avg.)
  • Registered at least 100 yards receiving for a second-consecutive game
  • Recorded his 24th career game with 100-or-more receiving yards and the sixth game with at least 100 receiving yards this season (Weeks 2, 4-5, 9 and 15)
  • Now has 103 receptions for 1,425 receiving yards (13.8 avg.) and 11 touchdowns this season
  • Eclipsed 100 receptions in a season for the second time in his NFL career (111 in 2015)
  • Joined Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and Demaryius Thomas as the only players to record multiple seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards since entering the league in 2013
  • Owns the most receptions (516), receiving yards (7,290) and receiving touchdowns (47) through the first six seasons of a player’s career in Texans history
  • Extended his streak to 94 consecutive games with a reception to start his career, which is the longest streak in franchise history to start a career, the longest active streak in the NFL to start a career and the ninth-longest streak of games with a reception to start a career in the Super Bowl era
  • Extended his streak to 94 consecutive games with a reception, which is the sixth-longest active streak of games with at least one reception in the NFL
  • Extended his streak to 94 consecutive games with a reception, which is the second-longest streak in team history recording at least one reception, trailing Andre Johnson (133 games from 2005-14)

CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH

  • Recorded two total tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed
  • Tied Ashley Ambrose (181) for the seventh-most career passes defensed in NFL history and leads the NFL since he began his career with Cincinnati in 2006 with 181 total in 186 games played
  • Tallied his 13th pass defensed of the season, which ranks second on the team behind CB/S Kareem Jackson (14)
    Registered his franchise-record 105th pass defensed since joining the Texans in 2011 (119 games), which is the most in the NFL over that span

S TYRANN MATHIEU

  • Compiled five total tackles (three solo), one pass defensed and one quarterback hit
  • Recorded his eighth pass defensed of the season and the 49th of his NFL career (2013-18)
  • Tallied his fourth quarterback hit of the season and the 19th of his NFL career (2013-18). Mathieu has matched his single-season career high for quarterback hits as he also had four in 2014 and 2017 with the Cardinals

ILB BENARDRICK MCKINNEY

  • Finished with four total tackles (two solo), one interception and two passes defensed
  • Intercepted a pass from Eagles QB Nick Foles in the third quarter, which marked his first career interception
  • Logged his single-season career-high sixth pass defensed of the season and the ninth of his NFL career
  • Registered his third career game with multiple passes defensed (all three this season)

S JUSTIN REID

  • Finished with seven total tackles (seven solo), one fumble recovery and one tackle on special teams
  • Recovered a fumble from Eagles RB Josh Adams at the Houston 45-yard line that was forced by ILB Zach Cunningham at the Houston 46-yard line
  • Notched his second fumble recovery of the season and the sixth special teams tackle of the season

WR VYNCINT SMITH

  • Caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson in the fourth quarter to give the Texans a 30-29 lead
  • Caught his first touchdown pass of his NFL career

WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS

  • Recorded three receptions for 37 receiving yards (12.3 avg.)
  • Has played in 122 consecutive regular season games, which is the longest active streak among NFL wide receivers, and 132 consecutive games overall (including postseason), which is the third-longest active streak in the NFL among non-quarterbacks. Additionally, his streak of 111 consecutive regular season games started is the longest among all active wide receivers in the NFL

QB DESHAUN WATSON

  • Completed 29-of-40 passes (72.5%) for 339 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 114.5 passer rating
  • Ran for a game-high 49 yards on eight carries (6.1 avg.) and single-game career-high two touchdowns
  • Became the first quarterback to throw for at least 330 yards and two touchdowns and rush for 40 yards and two touchdowns since Eagles QB Michael Vick in Week 10 of the 2010 season.
  • Watson, Vick and Steve Young are the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat in a single game in NFL history
  • Threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to RB D’Onta Foreman to complete a five-play, 55-yard drive (0:40) and cut the Eagles’ lead to 29-23 in the fourth quarter
  • Completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to WR Vyncint Smith to finish off an eight-play, 80-yard drive (2:02) and give the Texans a 30-29 lead in the fourth quarter
  • Scored a touchdown on a five-yard run in the second quarter to give the Texans a 9-7 lead one play after DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney sacked, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble on Eagles QB Nick Foles
  • Scored a touchdown on a six-yard run in the second quarter to give the Texans a 16-13 lead following an eight-play, 80-yard drive (1:51)
  • Recorded his fifth game with at least 300 yards passing this season and the seventh of his NFL career
  • Recorded his first career game with multiple rushing touchdowns
  • Registered his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the sixth of his NFL career (2017-18).
  • Passed David Carr (three in 2002) for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season in Texans history
  • Passed Matt Schaub (four) for the second-most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in Texans history
  • Passed Matt Schaub (four in 2008) for the third-most 300-yard passing games in a single season in franchise history
  • Recorded his ninth game with at least 35 yards rushing this season, which is the most by a quarterback in 2018\
  • Recorded his 13th career game with multiple touchdown passes, which is tied for the fourth-most games with multiple touchdown passes through a player’s first 22 career games trailing Kurt Warner (18), Dan Marino (17) and Marcus Mariota (14)
  • Recorded his 25th and 26th touchdown passes of the season and the 44th and 45th of his NFL career (2017-18)
  • Recorded a touchdown pass in his 20th-consecutive game, which is the longest streak of games with a passing touchdown in franchise history and the second-longest active streak in the NFL
  • Now has 45 career touchdown passes in 22 career games, which is tied for the third-most in NFL history through a player’s first 22 career games, trailing only Kurt Warner (55) and Dan Marino (50)
  • Now has 5,630 career passing yards in 22 career games, which is the fifth-most in NFL history through a player’s first 22 career games, trailing Kurt Warner (6,339 in 1998-2000), Andrew Luck (5,720 in 2012-13), Marc Bulger (5,671 in 2002-03) and Jameis Winston (5,638 in 2015-16)
  • Passed Matt Schaub (24 in 2010) for the second-most touchdown passes in a season in franchise history
  • Passed Matt Schaub (3,733 in 2012) for the third-most passing yards through the first 16 weeks of a season in franchise history
    Became the first player in NFL history to record at least 40 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns in their first 22 career games. Watson has 43 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns
  • Became the first player in NFL history to record at least 5,500 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns and 700 rushing yards in a player’s first 22 career games. Watson is also the first player in NFL history with at least 5,500 yards, 40 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns in a player’s first 22 career games
  • Became the third player in NFL history to record at least 5,500 yards and 40 passing touchdowns in a player’s first 22 career games, joining Kurt Warner (1998-2000) and Dan Marino (1983-84)

DE J.J. WATT

  • Finished with three total tackles (three solo) and one tackle for loss
  • Notched his 18th tackle for loss of the season and leads the NFL in tackles for loss with 154 since 2011

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