Sunday’s game between the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins was one of record performances and offensive fireworks, with Matt Schaub and Donovan McNabb being the quarterbacks of record.
Defense would be an afterthought as both teams combined for 947 yards, the vast majority of it in the air. But it would be the foot of Neil Rackers that would settle matters he connected on a 35-yard field goal with 3:24 left in overtime, allowing Hosuton to edge Wqshington 30-27 and go to 2-0 for just the second time in their history.
The first quarter was relatively uneventful as Washington’s Graham Gano booted a pair of field goals (41 and 27 yards, respectively), providing all of the scoring for the period and giving the Redskins a 6-0 lead.
The Texans would strike back with Schaub connecting with Jacoby Jones on a 5-yard touchdown pass and putting Houston ahead 7-6. Clinton Portis would be responsible for the Redskins’ next pair of scores, two 1-yard TD plunges 11:09 apart in the second quarter, that would allow Washington to regain the lead at 20-7. They would take that lead to their locker room.
The second half would be one of role reversal as the Texans would take the third quarter with a 47-yard FG by Rackers and a 6-yard TD strike from Schaub to Kevin Walters which brought Houston to within 27-17 going into the fourth period.
Rackers’ 43-yard FG with 11:10 left in regulation put the Texans to within 27-20 and the game would get knotted at 27 on a Schaub to Andre Johnson 34-yard TD pass with 2:03. The 17 unanswered points by Houston allowed both teams to go into overtime.
The extra period was one not unlike a chess match as both teams got into the red zone. Probably the pivotal part of the period – and the game – would be when Texans head coach Gary Kubiak called a timeout just before the Redskins’ Gano nailed what woudl have been the game-winning FG. Gano would miss the next attempt after that timeout.
The Texans march down the field on their next possession would be beneficial as Schaub aired the ball out until they got to the Redskins’ 25-yard line. Rakcers would calmly boot a game-winning 35-yard FG, sending Houston to 2-0 for just the second time in the franchise’s history.
Schaub would have a record day as he went 38-of-52 for 497 yards with 3 TDs and an interception while McNabb wasn’t too shabby himself, going 28-of-38 for 426 yards with a TD.
Arian Foster led the Texans rushers with 69 yards on 19 carries and catching 3 passes for 69 yards while Portis led the Redskins with 33 yards with a pair of scores. Johnson and Walter combined for 302 receiving yards, with both wide receivers scoring once apiece while Jones caught 6 for 53 yards and a TD. Moss led the Redskins receivers with 10 receptions for 89 yards while Joey Galloway caught 3 for 88 yards; Chris Cooley would grab 3 for 64 yards and a score while Fred Davis grabbed a pass for 62 yards.
Houston (2-0) looks to go on a 3-game win streak as they host the Dallas Cowboys at Reliant Stadium next Sunday while Washington(1-1) looks to rebound as they travel to St .Louis to take on the Rams – also next Sunday.