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Davis' two TDs enough for Texans

11/30/2003

HOUSTON (AP) -- Michael Vick's return was less than triumphant.

Domanick Davis ran for two quick touchdowns early in the third
quarter and David Carr made his own unplanned appearance Sunday,
rallying the Texans to a 17-13 victory Sunday over the Falcons.

Question on the Falcons: What do you expect from Vick during the final four games?
Vick is going to use his God-given abilities to make plays just as he's done his entire career. That should be enough to spark this team's offense and allow them to finish on a high note.. Because of their poor record, the Falcons will try to play it safe and not expose him to injury.

Question on the Texans: What will be some of the offseason priorities for the Texans?
This season, the Texans have shown considerable improvement and just seem to need to solidify their offensive line and to improve their confidence level. If they continue to practice hard, they'll continue to improve and within two years this team will surprise a lot of teams in the NFL.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

It was Vick's first game since fracturing his right leg in the
second week of preseason.

"I think I've got my elusiveness back," Vick said. "I have to
take my hat off to their defense. They gave me some looks I hadn't
seen in a long time. They did their homework and it was just their
day."

Vick, the top overall draft choice in 2001 who set an NFL
rushing mark for quarterbacks with 1,066 yards over his first two
seasons, made his debut with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter.
He completed a 9-yard pass to Justin Griffith on his first play,
though the drive ended with a punt.

Vick relieved Doug Johnson, who started eight times in Vick's
absence. Johnson was 12-of-27 for 116 yards and an interception
that cost the Falcons (2-10), who have lost three straight and 10
of 11.

Texans linebacker Jay Foreman was miffed the Falcons didn't
start their best quarterback.

"At the start we thought he was hurt, then we could see he was
throwing on the sidelines and wasn't hurt," Foreman said. "They
took the Texans like it was a warmup game, and we took it
personal."

Cornerback Marcus Coleman had a slightly different take.

"Apparently he could have started. We're just glad he didn't,"
Coleman said.

Vick was 8-of-11 for 60 yards and ran three times for 16 yards
in just over a quarter of action.

Before Vick came back, it was last year's top draft pick making
the first unscheduled appearance. Carr was supposed to miss the
game after spraining his right shoulder two weeks ago. But he was
pressed into action when Tony Banks broke his right hand on another
player's helmet near the end of the first half.

Carr, playing in obvious pain, led a 63-yard drive on the
Texans' first possession of the second half, getting 36 yards
himself with a Vick-like run to the Atlanta 22. Davis ran untouched
for a 7-yard touchdown and a 10-7 lead for the Texans (5-7).

Johnson's next play was an interception thrown right to Coleman,
who ran it back 22 yards to the Atlanta 13. Davis took it from
there, punching it in from 2 yards for his second score in less
than three minutes.

Davis, the Texans' standout rookie, ran for 101 yards on 24
carries. It was his fourth 100-yard performance.

Carr, who slumped in discomfort after some of his five pass
attempts, completed two for 25 yards and an interception. Vick also
showed he wasn't himself when linebacker Shantee Orr caught him and
forced an intentional grounding penalty that led to Jay Feely's
42-yard field goal with 1:24 left.

Coleman covered the ensuing onside kickoff and the Texans
exhausted the clock.

"We knew we had to raise the level of our play, because we know
what type of player he is," said Orr, promoted from the practice
squad three games ago. "When he rolled out on the second or third
play, you could see he was ready to play. It was an awesome
accomplishment to stop him."

Carr downplayed his injury, which appeared worse when he was
tackled after the long run.

"I don't think I reinjured it, just aggravated it, so it made
it a little difficult to throw," Carr said.

Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said the Texans
considered substituting rookie Dave Ragone, who has not played yet,
had the situation called for more passing.

T.J. Duckett, getting the start after Warrick Dunn suffered a
season-ending left foot injury last week, had a 1-yard TD run in
the second quarter. He finished with just 31 yards on 12 carries
against a notoriously soft Houston run defense.

Kris Brown hit a 40-yard field goal later in the quarter for
Houston. The Falcons, who led 7-3 at halftime, fell to 0-6 when
leading at the break.

^NOTES:@ Duckett has scored touchdowns in five straight games.
... The Texans' Kris Brown has made 15 straight field goals of 40
yards or less. He missed a 52-yard try toward the end of the first
half when he banged it off the right upright. ... Texans reserve
safety Ramon Walker, who blocked a punt and a field goal try last
week against New England, tore a ligament in his left knee and is
out for the season.