The Houston Texans have done it again. In a season riddled with disappointments and last second losses, the Texans allowed the 3-10, now 4-10, Denver Broncos and their rookie quarterback, Tim Tebow, to orchestrate a game winning drive and defensive shut out to keep the Texans in their place. Although Houston played a well prepared first half, their second half effort ended with defeat yet again.
By the end of the first half, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had completed 10 for 12 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown. Foster was on a groove moving for 66 yards and a touchdown with a long of 34. Additionally, the Texans were slowing the Broncos.
Tebow had 100 yards and an interception, and their running backs only had 30 yards for the half. Comparatively, the Texans finished with 233 yards to the Broncos 111. The Texans had 11 first downs to the Broncos’ 11 in their 17-0 first half lead.
The second half was a different story. The Texans’ third quarter seemed in control as Schaub and Foster continued their ball control and Neil Rackers proved his worth with field goal after field goal, including a 54-yard longshot. However, the Texans kept themselves and allowed their opponent to creep into the game in the fourth quarter.
Tim Tebow utilized his deceptive speed and cannon arm, connecting with Brandon Lloyd all over the field to mount the Texans on the wall. Also, running back Corral Buckhalter made the Texans’ playmakers (Brian Cushing & Bernard Pollard) show their true colors – slowed and a lack of positioning to make tackles. Houston, on the other hand, went stonehands – the receivers dropped balls and Schaub kept throwing at opposing defenders.
And after Tebow’s late fourth quarter drive and ran-touchdown, Schaub had two minutes to take the Texans to victory. Yet, Shaub also kept himself, and continued to throw low at the opposing defensive lines, causing a Bronco pass deflection for an interception with a minute and fifteen seconds to go as the Broncos kept their 24-23 lead. The Texans were in field goal position, but failed their fans, their organization and themselves yet again.
By the game’s end, Tim Tebow finished with 304 yards and two touchdowns. Foster only had 91 yards and Schaub 310. The Texans second half effort summed their season up: an in ability to finish or maintain an identity. In all, the Broncos played the game they had to in order to jump to 4-11 over the now 5-10 Texans.
They played smart, the Texans received their penalties and gave up their yards, and the Broncos capitalized. This frequency of last-minute losing should be enough for the Texans owner Bob McNair to wake up to his 2006 management and coaching hires.