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The Texans defense saved the best for last.

Through the first 57:13, they got close but didn't come up with an interception. 11 times a member of the defense got his hands on the ball, and 11 times, they came away without an interception.

But with 2:47 remaining in the game, the proverbial dam broke when safety Eddie Pleasant picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Then, with 1:52 remaining in regulation, fellow safety Andre Hal got in on the fun and intercepted Fitzpatrick.

The safety duo came up big for Houston, and helped close out the team's fifth win of the season.

"RAC called a great play," Hal said of defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. "He let me be free and let me roam. He (Fitzpatrick) was looking at Marshall the whole time and I just jumped the play."

It was Hal's third pick of the season, and it capped a day in which he also had a pair of tackles.

Pleasant's pick was the first of his four-year career, and he finished the contest with five tackles. The former Oregon Duck was quick to give a lot of credit to cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who had some words of wisdom on the fly.

"He basically let me know like 'Hey: this is the play that's coming,'" Pleasant said. "He always talks to us, and gives us a little heads up. I just listened to what he said and came up with a pick."

All afternoon, the Texans were tantalizingly close to coming up with a takeaway. Safety Quintin Demps and Joseph each had a pair of pass deflections, while cornerbacks Kevin Johnson, Charles James, II and A.J. Bouye each got their hands on a pass as well. For Johnson, seeing his teammates come down with a turnover at the end was gratifying.

"We made some plays down the stretch that were bigtime plays that helped win the game," Johnson said. "When you see another DB make a play, you get excited about it, so it was real sweet."

The Texans secondary allowed just 216 passing yards, and didn't give up a pass play longer than 25 yards.


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