HOU-NYG Game Notes

Mario Williams sets a new single season sack record for a Texans rookie with his 1 sack against Eli Manning yesterday. Williams now has 4.5 sacks on the season.

HOUSTON TEXANS 10
NEW YORK GIANTS   14

Paid Attendance: 78,485

GAME NOTES

WR Andre Johnson surpassed his receiving yardage total from last season (688) on his first catch of the game.  Johnson entered the game with 669 receiving yards this year, and he hauled in a 22-yard reception on the opening drive of the game.

Johnson topped 3,500 career receiving yards with his second catch.  He entered the game 25 yards shy of the milestone, and his nine-yard gain in the first quarter pushed his total for the game to 34 yards, putting him over the mark.

QB David Carr surpassed 12,000 career passing yards in the first quarter on his sixth attempt of the game, a nine-yard completion to WR Andre Johnson.  Carr becomes the 16th quarterback to throw for more than 12,000 yards since 2002.

Carr's two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his second of the season and the eighth of his career.  His two touchdowns rushing lead the team this year.

CB Dexter Wynn made his Texans debut when he returned the opening kickoff for 23 yards.  Wynn signed with Houston as a free agent on 11/1.

DT Travis Johnson registered his first career kickoff return in the first quarter when he fielded a short kick and returned it 17 yards.

FB Jameel Cook's 14-yard carry in the first quarter was a career-long.  His previous long was a three-yard gain last week at Tennessee (10/29).  It was Cook's second rush of the season, tying his career single-season high.

New York RB Tiki Barber's 16-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked the first points given up by the Texans defense in the first quarter in six games.  The last team to score on Houston in the first quarter was Washington, who scored seven points on 9/24.

K Kris Brown extended his team-record scoring streak to 43 straight games with a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter.

DE Mario Williams set a Texans rookie sack record when his sack in the second quarter gave him 4.5 for the season.  Williams dropped Giants QB Eli Manning for a six-yard loss.  The previous mark was 4.0 by DE Jason Babin in 2004.

Williams now has 4.5 sacks in his last five games.

LB DeMeco Ryans' 10-yard sack of Manning in the second quarter gave him 2.5 for the season.  

FS Glenn Earl notched his third career interception and his first of the season when he picked off Manning's pass on the final play of the first half.  Earl's last interception was in last year's season finale at San Francisco (1/1/06).  It was the team's second interception of the season and the first since FS Jason Simmons intercepted a pass in the season opener against Philadelphia (9/10).

QB David Carr's two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Texans a score in the third period for the second straight game after going the first six games without scoring in the third quarter.

The 18-play touchdown drive in the third quarter was the longest scoring drive in terms of plays in franchise history.  The previous long was 16 plays, which was done four times, the last coming on 12/4/05 at Baltimore.

The scoring drive took 8:12 off the clock.  It was the longest drive of the year in terms of time, eclipsing a 6:45 drive on 10/1/06 against Miami.


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