Punt returner Chris Carr returned a punt 34 yards near the end of the first quarter, giving Oakland the ball at Houston's 21. Five plays later, Justin Fargas went over right guard for a three-yard touchdown to knot the game at 7-7.
The second defensive touchdown of the game would come next. Warren Sapp sacked David Carr, causing a fumble, and Kirk Morrison recovered the loose ball, running it 35 yards for a touchdown and 14-7 Oakland lead going into the half.
Sebastian Janikowski missed two consecutive field goal attempts, hitting the left upright on both tries – from 37 and 29 yards.
After Kris Brown also missed a field goal from 42 yards out, Houston parlayed a 58 yard punt return by Dexter Wynn and two Randal Williams fumbles, on successive offensive plays for Oakland, into nine fourth quarter points with Brown hitting from 42, 47, and 39 to give Houston a 23-14 lead.
The Oakland defense held David Carr to just 32 yards passing on the day, sacking him five times and forcing three fumbles. Houston's offensive scoring drives of one touchdown and three field goals totaled just 24 yards.