This game was such a fail that I couldn't even find video evidence to support that this game was actually played. But it was, I saw it, and I think the video I selected sums up my feelings about it.
The Miami Dolphins were a double-digit favorite in this game, and why not? They had just come off a 9-7 season and were still considered a viable playoff team that could contend for the AFC East crown.
Miami also had a home-field advantage at the time, especially in September. Miami had won 11 consecutive Week 1 games and hadn't lost a home opener since 1993.
Houston on the other hand was still building a second year expansion team that had David Carr at quarterback. The previous season they went 4-12 and they still had problems doing just about anything on offense.
But you know how this NFL Parity thing works: on Any Given Sunday...
Miami had a 14-6 lead going into halftime and thanks in part to an anemic offense that consisted of running Ricky Williams into the ground, then maybe passing it to Chris Chambers once in a while, only scored six more points (off of a Ricky Williams touchdown reception, they would miss the two-point conversion, which would most definitely come back to haunt them as I also pose the question: why would you go for two when you see the other team can't score a touchdown on you and you're up by five?) while Houston would score only one touchdown, yet slowly but surely erode Miami's lead through field goals.
In other words it was Tony Sparano's ideal game.
Turnovers were what doomed Miami, thanks to a fumble by Ricky Williams in the second quarter (set up a Texans' 50-yard field goal) and two fourth-quarter interceptions by Jay Fiedler (the first one set up Houston's game-winning field goal).
This game was the anti-Marino vs. Bledsoe shootout. Bring this game up to me while I'm in a state of euphoria, watch how quickly I crash. Miami did finish the season a respectable 10-6, but this loss would wind up keeping it out of the postseason (they finished the season tied with the Denver Broncos for the final AFC Wild Card spot, which the Broncos would get, thanks to the conference record tiebreaker).
You know what this game somewhat reminds me of?