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Texans recover in second quarter to tighten game

Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:43 pm
 
J. Jones had a rough first half (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

The Texans looked so good, so calm in their first playoff game last week in Houston, casually knocking off the Bengals in the wild card round. The running game was successful, the defense was strong and quarterback T.J. Yates managed the game nicely.

But in the first quarter of their first road playoff game in franchise history, they looked like they didn’t belong, falling behind by two touchdowns to a hungry, rested Ravens squad at home. But thanks to Arian Foster, whose 95 yards on 15 first-half carries is the most Baltimore has ever allowed in a playoff game (an entire playoff game, that is) and a Texans offensive line that bullied the Ravens defensive line, the Texans head into halftime losing only 17-13.

Considering how the Texans played in the first quarter, they’re lucky to be in the game. While Yates, who looked terrible, tried to get the ball to Andre Johnson, Ray Lewis should have intercepted his third-down pass, and on the next series, with Yates trying to hit the same target, Lardarius Webb picked him in Texans territory.

Jacoby Jones didn’t exactly help his squad, muffing two punts, including one that the Ravens recovered on the 2-yard line, and in the first quarter, Texans receiver Kevin Walter dropped a perfect pass on an out route that could have given his team the first down.

Yates didn’t look good, but then again, neither did anybody else on the Houston squad.

And though the Texans fell behind 17-3, they continued running the ball, and Foster rewarded them with some explosive runs and a fantastic one-handed catch. Behind 17-6 and with a third and goal on the 1-yard line in which Houston needed a touchdown to stay close, Foster went off right end, made a nice cut and barreled his way into the end zone.

“At this point,” CBS analyst Dan Dierdorf said when Houston was behind by two touchdowns, “T.J. Yates must feel like an inexperienced quarterback.”

Thanks to Foster, Yates probably feels a little differently right now.

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:05 pm
 

Texans recover in second quarter to tighten game

well the texans played the game better than i thought they would. those 2 turnover literally lost the game for them. sports is quite a deal. people train really hard, put the future of their bodies on the line for years. they get to a placewhere they want to be, and somebody does something dumb. on that kickoff the guy took the ball because he dreamed of running down the sideline and scoring, wanted all that glory. a replay on espn ovr and over. the coaches being pleased with him. he let that dream overcome sound footbll policies.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Texans recover in second quarter to tighten game

Horrible decision by Texans coaching staff to only kick convert after their touchdown. They should have gone for 2.


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