The Arizona Cardinals were determined to come off their bye week with a good effort, and while the first half went their way Sunday vs the Texans, the team to get a late interception return for a touchdown by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for a 28-21 win. The Texans had tied the game with two fourth quarter touchdowns from Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson, but his intended pass to Kevin Walter was a killer as Rodgers-Cromartie took it back 49 yards for the game-winner.
The Texans were beat up 21-0 at halftime, but rallied with a third quarter score from running back Chris Brown, then the two Schaub to Johnson scores to get the team back in the game. They had the ball at the 5:52 mark of the fourth quarter tied at 21, at their own 11-yard line looking to pull off the comeback in full.
They went from their 11 to their 36 when Schaub looked for Walter, and the Cards corner made the big play to give Arizona the 7-point lead with 2:20 left. The Texans got another great shot through as they got a 63-yard kickoff return by Andre Davis to put the ball at the Cards 40.
Schaub got the team to the Arizona six, and then to the one after a pass to Steve Slaton with a second-and-goal from the one with :59 seconds left. The next play Brown was stopped for no gain, then on third down Schaub’s pass in the end zone was incomplete. On fourth down, Brown was stuffed at the one, ending the game with :40 seconds left.
The win puts the Cards at 2-2, and Kurt Warner went over 300 yards passing going 26-for-38 for 302 yards with two TD’s to Larry Fitzgerald. Schaub threw for 371 yards for the Texans going 35-for-50 with two TD’s and a pick. The team put up 416 yards, but it was the final yard that saved the day for the Cards.
The Texans fall to 2-3 on the season. Arizona will travel to Seattle next week to play the 2-3 Seahawks.