Final/OT

Vikings 34

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Texans 28

(2-3, 1-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 10, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 OT T
MIN 0 14 7 7 634
HOU 0 0 7 21 028

Culpepper (5 TDs) hits Robinson for winner

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans dug out of a big hole but couldn't climb over the top.

Down 21-0 midway through the third quarter, the Texans rallied to tie the Minnesota Vikings at 28 in regulation Sunday before bowing 34-28 in overtime.

Daunte Culpepper threw five touchdown passes, the last a 50-yarder to Marcus Robinson on the Vikings' (3-1) second possession in overtime, to end Houston's first-ever winning streak at two.

"We certainly had a number of opportunities to win this football game," Texans coach Dom Capers said. "Really, it came down to who made the plays in the overtime period. We got our opportunities and didn't make it. The Vikings had their opportunities and they made them."

David Carr had led the comeback for the Texans (2-3) with 372 yards passing and three touchdowns, two of them to Andre Johnson.

"This is one of the toughest losses I've ever been in," said defensive back Aaron Glenn, who got beat on one of Culpepper's two TD passes to Randy Moss.

Culpepper's hit Moss on a 1-yard scoring toss at the start of the second period, then connected with Nate Burleseon on a 5-yard pass play at the end of the quarter to take a 14-0 lead at halftime.

"We got pretty fired up at the half," Texans center Steve McKinney said. "Everybody was upset. Coaches were yelling. Players were yelling. It was a test of everybody's manhood."

With the game heading toward a rout, Carr and Johnson made things exciting.

Johnson's first score came when he went high to catch the ball and hung on when he was upended and landed on his head, making it 21-7. Dominack Davis scored on a 1-yard run with 11:31 to go in the game to make it 21-14, before Culpepper, who completed 36 of 50 passes for 396 yards, made it a two-touchdown advantage on a 50-yard scoring toss to Moss.

"We just had a communications breakdown on that play," Glenn said. "We made some plays to get back in it and that play really hurt us."

"They made the plays when it counted," Capers added.

With 3:11 to play, Carr threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Derick Armstrong, then added a 22-yarder to Johnson, who had 12 catches for 170 yards, with 1:53 to go to send the game to overtime.

"We waited too long to play the way we know how to play," said defensive end Robaire Smith.

But the Texans couldn't keep the momentum in the extra period, punting on their only possession to help set up Culpepper's winning throw.

The Vikings also got a huge game from fourth-team tailback Mewelde Moore, who finished with 182 total yards.

Moore was thrust into the starting lineup when injuries to Michael Bennett and Moe Williams and a league suspension for Onterrio Smith depleted the Vikings' roster. His tough running between the tackles and ability to scamper into the flat on short passes opened up things for Culpepper.

"All these games are a little bit different," Capers said. "But what is constant is you have to have consistent execution. We weren't consistent enough and at times, we were sloppy in our execution."

"We have a lot to be proud of, being down by 21 points and not giving up," McKinney said. "We had our shots at the end and just didn't take advantage."

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERMINHOU
minTD7:02Touchdown2714
THIRD QUARTERMINHOU
minTD11:57Touchdown200
FOURTH QUARTERMINHOU
min7:022814
houTD2:00Touchdown2827
THIRD QUARTERMINHOU
min11:57210
FOURTH QUARTERMINHOU
hou2:002828
OVERTIMEMINHOU
minTD7:24Touchdown3428
FOURTH QUARTERMINHOU
houTD11:55Domanick Williams, 1 yd run2113
THIRD QUARTERMINHOU
houTD7:15Touchdown216
FOURTH QUARTERMINHOU
hou11:552114
THIRD QUARTERMINHOU
hou7:15217
FOURTH QUARTERMINHOU
houTD3:25Touchdown2820
hou3:252821
SECOND QUARTERMINHOU
minTD0:42Touchdown130
minTD14:14Touchdown60
min0:42140
min14:1470