The Atlanta Falcons for a change won a game without a quarterback named Vick or Schaub. An efficient Joey Harrington threw for two touchdowns, and kicker Morten Andersen kicked 4 field goals as the Falcons won their first game of the year, defeating the visiting Houston Texans 26-16.
The Falcons’ Harrington, who took over as the Falcons starting QB after now-starting Texans QB Matt Schaub was traded to Houston, had another efficient day, going 23-for-29 for 223 yards. Wide receiver Michael Jenkins caught 2 TD passes (5 and 7 yard receptions, respectively), his first 2-TD reception game of his up-and-down career. The Falcons were up on Houston 20-7 in the first half and never relinquished the lead. Meanwhile, Texans QB Schaub went 28-for-40 for 317 yards and a TD to WR Andre Davis giving the Texans a brief 1st quarter lead, but had to settle for 3 Kris Brown FG’s the rest of the way.
The Texans’ final chance came with just over 2 minutes remaining; Schaub ran up the gut in what appeared to be a Texans TD, but after a Falcons challenge and review, the Texans got a third-and-goal at the Falcons 1 yard line. Schaub tried to pitch the ball to running back Ron Dayne, but the ball hit Dayne’s hands and rolled out of bounds at the Falcons’ 7. Brown’s 25-yard FG went wide left, sealing the Falcons’ first win of the season, dating back to December 10 of last year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In addition to Harrington and Jenkins’ heroics, running back Warren Dunn added 62 yards on 18 carries. The Texans, besides Schaub’s 317 yards and 1 TD pass, got a solid effort from WR Andre Davis, who caught 5 passes for 117 yards and a TD. The 1-3 Falcons next visit Nashville to play the Tennessee Titans, while the 2-2 Texans return home to face the winless Miami Dolphins.