The Texans looked like they were down for the count after Matt Schaub threw a pick-six to the Titans’ Alterraun Verner to make it a 24-16 Houston deficit with just under five minutes remaining.
After trading three-and-outs with the Titans, the Texans took possession of the ball with 3:07 to go in the game and stormed back with an eight-play, 87-yard scoring drive that left them needing a two-point conversion to pull even. Arian Foster poked the ball over the plane of the goal line to tie it.
After two field-goal attempts by the Texans’ Randy Bullock failed to end the game in regulation, Houston took the opening kickoff of the extra session and finally finished off Tennessee with a three-yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins.
Both teams recorded touchdowns on their first possession of the game then spent the rest of the day trying to duplicate that level of efficiency. For the second week in a row, it took falling behind for the Texans to play with an appropriate sense of urgency on offense.
The Texans' company line after another squeaker was something along the lines of “any win is a good one.” As they travel to meet the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, the question should be “What will it take for our team to play a complete game from beginning to end?”
For the rest of us, we can reflect on the favorable aspects and those aspects that fell short in another remarkable Texans' comeback.