The last the Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers played each other was Nov. 21, 2004. Ryan Longwell won the game with a 46-yard field goal in Houston. The Texans and Packers met again last Sunday, and a kicker won the game again.
However, this time it would be Kris Brown as the Texans won 24-21 in Green Bay, with a temperature three degrees above zero.
The Texans (6-7) won three straight games for the second time this season and have a two game lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars for third in the AFC South. The Texans won in spite of four turnovers that lead to 21 points for the Packers.
Matt Schaub returned from injury and completed 28-of-42 passes, for 414 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Schaub’s last action was in Week Nine at Minnesota. The 414 passing yards was a career-high for Schaub.
Steve Slaton gained 120 yards on 26 carries surpassing 1,000 yards rushing in his rookie season. Ken Walter led the Texans in receiving with six receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown. Andre Johnson had 55 yards receiving and one touchdown.
The Packers (5-8) have lost three in a row and five of their last six games. Green Bay was one for four in red-zone opportunities.
Aaron Rodgers completed 19-of-30 passes, for 295 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rodgers was sacked twice including one for a nine-yard loss during the Packers last possession.
Ryan Grant gained 104 yards on 19 carries and scored one touchdown, which gave the Packers a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter.
Donald Driver led the Packers in receptions, with three for 75 yards. Greg Jennings had two for 74 yards. Donald Lee and Jordy Nelson both had touchdown receptions.
The Texans had a 10-7 halftime lead and increased their lead in the second half. After forcing the Packers into a three-and-out, the Texans got the ball on their own 32. Schaub hit Vonta Leach with a 21-yard pass and gained 15 more yards on a facemask penalty.
The Texans’ drive stalled when Owen Daniels came up a yard short on 3rd-and-6. Brown kicked a 41-yard field goal to give the Texans a 13-7 lead.
Grant started the Packers drive with a 19-yard run but Green Bay’s drive would stall forcing the Packers to punt. Jacoby Jones muffed the punt but would recover at the Texans’ 10.
Schaub kept the Texans moving downfield converting on 3rd-and-5 with a five-yard pass to Daniels.
The Packers' defense would temporarily have the Texans stopped and almost got a big play, nearly blocking a punt. However, Texans’ punter Matt Turk saw the pressure, tucked the ball in, and gained 18 yards for a Texans first down.
The Texans would fail to take advantage of the play. Houston got to the Packers’ 16 when Slaton fumbled and Johnny Jolly recovered for the Packers at their own 18. Rodgers and the Packers would take advantage of the Texans miscue.
On first down and 10 from their own 31, Rodgers completed a 63-yard pass to Jennings, moving the ball to the Texans’ six. Grant finished the drive with a six-yard run giving the Packers their only lead of the game at 14-13.
Andre Davis returned the kickoff 27 yards to the Texans’ 37. Schaub completed a 15-yard pass to Walter moving to the Packers’ 48. On second down and six, Schaub completed a 21-yard pass to Davis moving the ball to the Packers’ 23.
Walter caught a third-down pass for a 13-yard gain to the Packers’ 13. Johnson would finish the drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion reception.
Leading 21-14, the Texans initially forced the Packers into a three-and-out. Jones muffed the punt again and this time the Packers recovered. Brett Goode recovered the ball at the Packers’ 49.
Grant would keep the drive going with a 22-yard run on third and one moving the ball to the Texans’ 20. Grant would gain 11 more yards giving the Packers a 1st-and-goal at the Texans' nine. Rodgers completed a nine-yard pass to Nelson, and following the extra point, the game was tied at 21 with six minutes remaining.
Both teams would exchange punts and the Texans got the ball on their own three with 1:49 left in the game and one timeout. Texans’ coach Gary Kubiak was John Elway’s backup quarterback when Elway completed a 98-yard drive to tie the game against the Browns in 1987. Schaub would go on a drive of his own.
After Slaton gained three yards on first down, Schaub completed a 22-yard pass to Leach, who was knocked out of bounds at the Texans’ 28. David Anderson caught a 17-yard pass to the Texans’ 44. On second down and six, Schaub completed a 27-yard pass to Daniels who got to the Packers’ 25.
After a spike, Slaton gained two more yards, setting up Brown. Immediately after Brown kicked the ball, he threw both hands in the air in celebration as the ball was going down the middle.
The Texans will host the newly crowned AFC South Champion Tennessee Titans (12-1) next week. The Packers will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9), who are last in the AFC South.