Texans 10

(2-6, 0-4 away)

Giants 14

(6-2, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 5, 2006

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 3 7 010
NYG 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 179 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Barber (NYG) - 17 CAR, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 9 REC, 83 YDS

Depleted Giants rally past Texans for fifth straight win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- At least it was close this time.

The Houston Texans (2-6) dropped their NFL-high 12th straight road game with a 14-10 loss to the New York Giants (6-2) on Sunday. But unlike in past road games where Houston has been blown out, the struggling team turned in a respectable performance against the NFC East leaders.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Lack of a strong running game cost the Texans a chance to win in spite of a good showing by their defense. Top rusher, Wali Lundy (right) was held to 43 yards on 20 carries for a 2.2 yard per carry average. Meanwhile Tiki Barber averaged 6.8 yards per carry, gaining 115 yards on 17 carries. The Texans were close to even time in possession, had a 46 percent third down conversion rate and an even (one for one) in turnover ratio. With three of their seven drives lasting over 10 plays, the Texans gave themselves a chance to win this game. New York's run offense was just too much for the Texans to overcome.

Houston led 10-7 before Jeremy Shockey's short touchdown catch midway through the fourth quarter.

The Texans were driving when rookie linebacker Gerris Wilkinson forced fullback Jameel Cook to fumble at the Giants 35 after a short catch. Cornerback Corey Webster recovered with 5:11 to play, and the Giants ran out the clock for the win.

It's just the latest in Houston's road woes. The Texans haven't won away from Houston since beating the Jaguars in December 2004 and have just eight road victories in their five-year franchise history.

David Carr, who rebounded from last week's benching with a strong performance, was left pondering what might have been.

"If we don't learn from this situation that we had today, then shame on us because we should," he said. "And realize that we had opportunities to win the game and we had opportunities to do things and we just didn't do it."

Tiki Barber led the Giants with 115 yards on 17 carries and scored the Giants first touchdown on a 16-yard run in the first quarter. He started the winning drive with a 13-yard catch on a swing pass and then had a 12 yard run. The 10-year veteran who plans to retire after this season kept the drive alive with a 7-yard run to the Houston 12 on a third-and-6.

"Let's face it, we didn't play well today, but we didn't fall down, we didn't give ourselves up," Barber said. "We fought through it, we came away with the big win, we made the plays down the stretch when we had to. We deserve credit for that."

Shockey, who had season-best eight catches for 66 yards, capped the drive with a 2-yard toss from Eli Manning, who went to his tight end often with Plaxico Burress sidelined with back spasms.

Still the Texans will try to take away the positives from the loss.

All-purpose performance
Tiki Barber
With 40 receiving yards against the Texans, Giants running back Tiki Barber joined Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk as the only players in NFL history to reach 9,000 rushing and 5,000 receiving yards.
Player Rush yds. Rec. yds. Game
Faulk 12,279 6,785 119th
Allen 12,243 5,411 187th
Barber 9,617 5,000 146th

"We fought for four quarters and we didn't give up and you have to be able to build off of that," running back Wali Lundy said. "I think this team is definitely turning the corner."

Carr scored a go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard scramble with 1:14 left in the third quarter, capping an 18-play, 80-yard drive. He finished 21-for-30 for 176 yards and no interceptions. Andre Johnson, the NFL's leading receiver, had nine catches for 83 yards.

"It's the same thing that was kind of tugging at us the whole year," Johnson said. "A turnover here. We gave them a heck of a game, but they came out on top."

Houston coach Gary Kubiak was proud of the way Carr rebounded from being benched against the Titans.

"He played the way I thought he would," Kubiak said. "He played with a lot of heart. He took off and made some plays for his team. That is what I want him to do every week."

Kris Brown, who missed a 42-yard field goal on the Texans' opening possession, kicked a 41-yarder in the second quarter to cut the Texans' deficit to 7-3.

Veteran receiver Eric Moulds, who had three catches for 24 yards, knows the Texans still have a lot of work to do.

"I was happy with the way the guys stayed in there and competed and did the things it took to win the football game," he said. "We just have to learn how to finish a football game."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin insisted all week that the Giants would not fall into the trap of looking ahead to next Sunday's night's nationally televised game against the Chicago Bears.

However, the number of bad plays and penalties against Houston seemed to indicate something was amiss.

"I think we had a little lull early," Barber said. "I don't know if it was because we were playing Houston, but for whatever reason we had a little bit of a lull."

The worst play was made by backup safety James Butler at the Giants 5 after Johnson was stopped short of a first down on a third-down pass. Butler hit tackle Fred Weary after the whistle and was called for a personal foul, putting the ball at the 2. Carr scrambled for a touchdown two plays later.

Butler's blunder wasn't the only big mistake for the Giants.

Leading 7-3 early in the third quarter, punter and holder Jeff Feagles failed to handle a snap a 38-yard field-goal attempt and he ended up throwing an incomplete pass to kicker Jay Feely.

New York also squandered another scoring in the second quarter. The Giants reached the Houston 9 on a first-and-5 play and lost 26 yards on the next four snaps because of a holding penalty and sacks by No. 1 overall draft pick Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans.

Williams sack gives him 4 1/2 this season and is a Texans rookie record.

"For us to play ball the way we did today and come away with a loss is very frustrating," Williams said. "But at the same time we can't hold our heads down."

Manning finished 17-of-28 for 179 yards.

Game notes

Johnson's 83 yards receiving on Sunday bring his total for the season to 752 yards -- surpassing last year's season total of 688 yards. ... He also surpassed 3,500 career receiving yards (3,558) with the performance. ... Travis Johnson, a 305-pound defensive tackle, had his first career kickoff return for the Texans. He returned it 19 yards. ... CB Dexter Wynn appeared in his first game for Houston after signing with the team on Wednesday and returned the opening kickoff 23 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1723
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5759
Total Yards251285
Yards per play4.44.8
Total Drives78
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-12-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

nygTD5:16Tiki Barber, 16 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yds, 4:48
houFG7:16Kris Brown 41 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 67 yds, 6:55
houTD1:26David Carr, 2 yd run (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 18 plays, 80 yds, 8:12
nygTD8:01Jeremy Shockey, 3 yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 67 yds, 4:52