“It was a team effort,” Hopkins said after the game. “I wouldn’t have been able to get the job done without my teammates.”
"He's being evaluated as we speak," head coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday. "Obviously, he went in. But that's how he's being evaluated. I have no diagnosis yet."
"The last one, obviously he's got to make that and close the game out," Kubiak said. "He's a young player, and you don't want to look at that type of start as a young kicker. But we do have confidence in him. I think he's got plenty of leg. He's kicking off well. Obviously, he had a chance to go 2-for-2 in game winners, and that can really help your confidence. So, he's got to bounce back. He's got to be a pro and bounce back. He's our kicker and we have confidence in him to do that."
Matt Schaub was 26-of-48 for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
“I felt like I took a step in the right direction," Foster said. "I’m still rusty out there. I missed a couple of plays that I normally make. But that just comes with it. You have to knock the rust off and the only way to do that is get in there and bang.”
Both teams put points on the board early, scoring on 80-yard opening drives. Matt Schaub connected with
Kendall Wright scored first for the Titans on a six-yard pass from Jake Locker. Tennessee would not score again until their last drive of the half, the result of a Houston turnover. Matt Schaub’s pass, intended for Andre Johnson, was intercepted by Bernard Pollard with 1:35 remaining in the second quarter. The interception set up a Rob Bironas field goal for 47 yards as time expired in the half. The Titans led 10-7 at halftime.
The Texans defense held the Titans to two consecutive three-and-out drives to open the second half. Head coach Gary Kubiak threw down the red flag in the third quarter, challenging a play which initially ruled Chris Johnson down at Tennessee’s one-yard line. The ruling was overturned, resulting in a Houston safety by inside linebacker
The Texans defense held the Tennessee to just four yards of total offense in the third quarter. Houston regained the lead when Schaub threw a 12-yard touchdown to
“Matt (Schaub) made a perfect throw," Daniels said. "Something we talked about doing during the week, and Matt (threw) it in the only place he could. I did my best to catch it and get my feet in.”
The Titans gained life in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points. Locker orchestrated a nine-play, 99-yard drive that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Delanie Walker. The Titans tied the game 16-16. Less than two minutes later, a miscommunication between Schaub and Hopkins resulted in a 23-yard pick-six by cornerback Alterraun Verner.
Hopkins then went on a 64-yard tear on three consecutive catches on the following drive. Schaub's 21-yard pass along the sideline to Andre Johnson's was first ruled incomplete. A second red flag challenge by Kubiak resulted in an overturned call that rewarded Houston with a first down on Tennessee's two-yard line. Johnson, who was injured on the play, jogged off the field but would not return to the game.
"It’s incredible," Kubiak said of the catch. "And probably the fact that Andre got nicked up on the play helped us. Obviously, you’ve got to finish the total catch with the ball, but we got a chance to look at it over and over again, and obviously he was finished with the catch before they poked it out. I thought it was a great job by the official, looking at it the right way. And what a catch by Andre. Like I said, the respect he was paid today, from a cover standpoint, I’ve been doing this a long time, and you don’t see that very often. It was tremendous.”
After a one-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion by Foster, Houston tied up the score 24-24. Hopkins 3-yard touchdown catch in overtime capped the seventh-consecutive win for the Texans in one-score games in the regular season.
“If it means winning at the end of the day, we will take this same type of game every single week," Schaub said. "It shows our resolve and our ability to handle diversity, good or bad as a football team. Just play the game. Go to the next play, good or bad. You have to move on. That is what football is all about. You’ve got to have a short term memory, and move to the next play.”
“You know I always keep count in my head," Cushing said. "I know the number is always wrong, but I know what I have. I always get jipped on a couple of tackles, but that’s OK. Yeah, I count. I’m a hungry football player. I want to make all the plays. I want to make all the tackles. I think that the best ones do that kind of stuff. It obviously motivates me, and it helps the team. When I have big games; we play better as a team. That’s what I’m here for.”
With the win, the Texans improve to a 2-0 record on the season and will head to Baltimore to face the (1-1) Ravens on Sunday.
-The Texans improved to 4-7 all-time in overtime and won their third consecutive overtime game.
-The Texans set a new franchise record of 71,718 in paid attendance.
-Houston’s captains for the game were ILB Brian Cushing, WR Andre Johnson, P