The Houston Texans beat the Carolina Panthers 14-10 Sunday. Carolina, which has lost two of three games after a 5-0 start, took a 10-7 lead on John Kasay's 23-yard field goal at the end of a third quarter in which each team had one possession.
But Houston's Tony Banks connected with TE Billy Miller for the winning points on a second-down play from the Panthers 20 with 9 1/2 minutes left. Banks' precision pass traveled between Carolina's Ricky Manning and Greg Favors, and Miller cradled the ball as he strode 4 yards into the end zone.
Banks, playing because starting quarterback David Carr sat out with a sprained right ankle, was 10-of-15 for 121 yards and did not throw an interception or lose a fumble.
Houston also lost rookie tailback Domanick Davis to a strained chest in the second half after a 74-yard day. Davis was trying to become the first player to run for 100 yards in each of his first three NFL starts. Stacey Mack replaced him in the Texans' backfield and tied the game at 7 halfway through the third quarter with a 1-yard scoring lunge.
The Panthers fed the Texans (3-5) a steady diet of Stephen Davis on the game's opening drive, rushing him eight times for 20 yards to set up the occasional throw by Jake Delhomme. One of those passes, a 24-yarder to Smith over the middle, put Carolina up 7-0 midway through the first quarter. Carolina's Davis, the NFC's leading rusher, finished with 153 yards on 30 carries.