Final

Texans 10

(1-12, 0-7 away)

Titans 13

(4-9, 3-4 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 11, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 3 7 0 010
TEN 0 3 7 313

Top Performers

Passing: S. McNair (TEN) - 208 YDS

Rushing: D. Williams (HOU) - 22 CAR, 139 YDS

Receiving: T. Henry (TEN) - 3 REC, 54 YDS

Missed field goal costs Texans shot at OT with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Houston Texans aren't sure how many more ways they can find to lose games at the end. The Tennessee Titans know enough not to be picky.

It was over when ...
Kris Brown's 31-yard field-goal attempt with no time left on the clock sailed far wide to preserve the Titans' 13-10 lead.
Game ball goes to ...
Steve McNair, who set up Rob Bironas' game-winning field goal by driving the Titans 70 yards in 10 plays with his second-longest run this season, an 18-yarder on third-and-4. McNair did not throw any interceptions in the Titans' ugly win.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen It's going to be difficult job for the Texans' coaching staff to keep this team motivated as the season ends. I've been in a situation such as this before and it's not good when the team starts thinking about the draft and which coaches are going to keep their jobs. Coach Capers must find a way to keep this team playing at a consistent level.
-- Eric Allen

Kris Brown hooked a 31-yard field goal short and wide left on an untimed play with no time left even as Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher was trying to call a timeout, and the Titans held on for a 13-10 victory Sunday over the hapless Texans.

Brown also had a 37-yard field goal attempt blocked by Tank Williams with 3:48 left.

"Obviously, we have done something to offend the football gods because these last three weeks have been just unbelievable the way that they have ended," Texans center Steve McKinney said.

Rob Bironas kicked a 21-yard field goal with 10 seconds left that gave Tennessee (4-9) the sweep of its AFC South rival, the Titans' third sweep in the four seasons since the Texans replaced them in Houston.

Tennessee tried to keep the ball out of Jerome Mathis' hands by squibbing the kickoff, but Todd Washington pitched it to the rookie returner. Mathis took off, and only Reynaldo Hill grabbing him by the face mask on the right sideline kept him from scoring. The penalty put the ball at the Tennessee 13 -- except the kicker jerked the ball left.

Fisher was grateful the officials didn't see him asking for the timeout.

"I don't know if I have another way to describe that other than that was ugly," Fisher said.

The Texans (1-12) lost their sixth straight in yet another game they had plenty of chances to win, especially at the end. After blowing a 24-3 lead against St. Louis and a late lead last week against Baltimore, Houston had not one, but two chances in this game -- the blocked kick and then the final one.

"In 20 years, I have never been through three weeks like we have been through here," Houston coach Dom Capers said.

Steve McNair set up Bironas' first career game-winning field goal by driving the Titans 70 yards in 10 plays with his second-longest run this season, an 18-yarder on third-and-4.

Brown said he had hoped Mathis would give him another chance after being low on his blocked kick, and he had been warming up on the sideline

"I didn't pull my end of the bargain today," Brown said.

Rookie Adam "Pacman" Jones also scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on a 52-yard punt return after rejoining the Titans late Saturday night following a funeral for a close friend and the death of an aunt.

The Titans also sacked David Carr six times, including two by Kyle Vanden Bosch for a career-high 12½ sacks this season. They held the Texans to 234 yards offense, and Vanden Bosch called the ending crazy.

"I thought we won, then I thought they brought it back. Then I thought the game was over, then I thought we were going to overtime. Then we ended up winning. It was crazy," Vanden Bosch said.

The emotions were very different for the Texans.

"Why can't we just find a way to make one more play?" Carr asked. "It's offense, defense, special teams, myself included. We all have to find a way to make one more play, and we won't be in that situation."

The Titans had to overcome their own ineptness in a sloppy game that featured a 21-yard punt by the Texans and a kickoff that would have gone out of bounds if not touched by Jarrett Payton at the Tennessee 15.

Tennessee turned the ball over on downs three times, missed a field goal wide right in the first quarter and had passes dropped in the end zone on two possessions.

The Titans were lucky all tickets for this game were sold in July because the stadium was half full on a cold, windy day.

Domanick Davis ran for 139 yards and caught seven passes for 50 more, and he gave the Texans a 10-3 lead with a 3-yard reception just before halftime.

Capers certainly tried to give his Texans every chance to win. He had Brown fake a field goal attempt in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-5, and the kicker ran for the first down only to see his field goal attempt blocked four plays later.

The Texans had been protecting Carr a little better since matching their season-high by allowing seven sacks to Tennessee on Oct. 9. Not this Sunday as the Titans sacked Carr once on each of the Texans' first three possessions.

The Titans couldn't take advantage with two receivers and a tight end missing the game with injuries, bogging down every time they got near the end zone. They finally scored on a Bironas field goal with 4:28 left in the second.

Game notes


McNair finally passed John Elway for fourth among NFL quarterbacks in yards rushing with his 18-yard run. ... Jones' return for a TD was the Titans' first since Justin McCareins returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown at Atlanta on Nov. 23, 2003. ... Titans running back Travis Henry had a 42-yard reception in the second quarter that was his career-long. ... Brown, who was a perfect 5-of-5 for field goals last week, was 1-of-3 against the Titans.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
TEN
1st Downs1215
Passing 1st downs
58
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
2-143-14
4th down efficiency
1-10-3
Total Plays5860
Total Yards234301
Yards per play4.05.0
Total Drives1414
Passing82208
Comp-Att
17-2618-30
Yards per pass
2.66.9
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
6-340-0
Rushing15293
Rushing Attempts
2630
Yards per rush
5.83.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-2
Penalties8-724-56
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession28:3831:22

Passing Leaders

HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr17/261164.5106-34
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNair18/302086.9000-0

Rushing Leaders

HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams221396.3044
Gaffney166.006
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown16533.3011
Henry8192.406

Receiving Leaders

HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams7507.1114
Johnson3279.0016
TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry35418.0042
Brown34916.3022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUTEN
houFG0:07Kris Brown 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 54 yds, 2:23
30
SECOND QUARTERHOUTEN
tenFG4:32Rob Bironas 15 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yds, 2:51
33
houTD0:23Domanick Williams, 3 yd pass from David Carr (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yds, 1:22
103
THIRD QUARTERHOUTEN
tenTD3:24Adam Jones, 52 yd punt return (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 52 yds, 1:06
1010
FOURTH QUARTERHOUTEN
tenFG0:15Rob Bironas 13 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yds, 3:32
1013