HOUSTON (AP) -- David Carr's record day was spoiled by a late
Carr tied the NFL record for consecutive completions with 22,
but Peerless Price caught a touchdown pass with just 13 seconds
left to give the Buffalo Bills a 24-21 win over the Houston Texans
J.P. Losman was unstoppable in the first quarter, throwing for
209 yards, but managed just 76 yards after that until the winning
drive. On that march, he completed six passes for 55 yards.
Carr opened the game 1-for-3 with an interception on his first
pass before completing his next 22 throws. Carr finished 25-of-30
for 223 yards and no touchdowns.
Carr's completion mark ties the record held by Mark Brunell, who
also had 22 consecutive completions in Washington's 31-15 win over
the Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sept. 24. He tied Brunell's record
on a short pass to rookie Wali Lundy for no gain with 6:19 left.
The streak was broken when his pass to Andre Johnson with 5:44
remaining fell short.
He said he didn't even realize he was close.
"I was kind of shocked when I saw it," he said. "At the time
we were winning so it was kind of exciting. You've just to find a
way to pick up more. That's what I told somebody on the sideline --
24 would have been nice, and it probably would have helped us
Dunta Robinson gave the Texans (3-7) the lead on a 9-yard
interception return for a touchdown midway through the third
quarter. Losman was throwing out of the end zone when Robinson
intercepted the pass intended for Lee Evans to score his first
career touchdown and the Texans' first defensive touchdown since
Robinson was a bit shocked at the way Losman directed his team
on the last drive.
"If that had been Peyton Manning, you'd expect it," he said
disgusted. "But it was J.P. Losman. That's embarrassing. I hope he
doesn't feel too good because we just shot ourselves in the foot."
A downtrodden Jason Simmons, who was covering Price on the
winning touchdown, said the loss really hurt.
"We had a chance to make a play at the end and we didn't make
it," he said. "It's just really tough to come up short at the
Carr wasn't the only player to have a record day as Buffalo
receiver Lee Evans had 11 receptions for 265 yards to break the
franchise single-game receiving mark of 255 yards held by Jerry
Butler since 1979.
Evans and Losman were splendid in the first quarter, connecting
for 205 yards and two 83-yard touchdowns. Evans' first-quarter
performance was a Buffalo record for a period and just shy of the
NFL record for yards receiving in a quarter of 210.
The first touchdown came after Nate Clements' interception on
the third play of the game. Both were after Evans got in front of
Texans cornerback Demarcus Faggins for the easy score.
"We knew coming into the game they wanted to put pressure on
us," Evans said. "We knew that they took chances. It was
imperative for us as receivers to beat the man coverage and make
big plays down the field."
The 83-yard TDs were career highs for both Losman and Evans and
they marked the first time in franchise history the Bills have had
two 80-yard passes in a single game.
Losman was 26-of-38 for a career-high 340 yards with three
touchdowns and one interception. It was a great outing for a
passing game that was averaging just 139 yards an outing before
Lundy cut the lead to 14-7 with a 17-yard run with about three
minutes left in the first quarter. That score was set up by a
17-yard reception by Eric Moulds on third-and-8.
"To lose one like that really hurts," Lundy said. "I almost
think I'd rather get beat by two touchdowns."
Samkon Gado made it 17-7 on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
Moulds also had a key third-down reception on that drive.
Houston had a chance for the go-ahead score late in the first
half, but fullback Jameel Cook fumbled after a reception on the
7-yard line and the Bills recovered. It was his second fumble of
the year; he lost the ball against the Giants two weeks ago late in
the fourth quarter.
"It was a football game that we should have won," said Texans
coach Gary Kubiak. "We didn't make plays in the second half to put
the ball game away and they made us pay for it there at the end of
Rian Lindell had a 40-yard field goal early in the second
quarter that gave Buffalo a 17-7 lead.
Evans has 55 receptions this season to set a career high
for receptions in a season. He had 48 in both of his first two
seasons. ... Moulds, who spent 10 years with Buffalo before being
traded to the Texans, had five catches for 68 yards for Houston.