The first two drives of the game for Brian Hoyer and the Texans resulted in a touchdown and field goal.
The starting quarterback directed the first unit 80 yards down the field in seven plays, and took 3:40 off the clock. Twice he went to DeAndre Hopkins on the possession. The first time, he hit the wideout for a 29-yard gain on a 2nd-and-7 from the Houston 23. A few plays later at the New Orleans' 19 he found
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Hopkins in the end zone. It appeared that the third-year receiver made a spectacular catch, but the play was ruled incomplete after a challenge. But Hopkins was interfered with on the play, and the Texans scored a couple plays later when Alfred Blue ran in for a 1-yard score.
On the drive, Hoyer was a perfect 3-of-3 passing for 45 yards.
The next possession saw Hoyer drive the Texans 39 yards on 8 plays, with Randy Bullock capping it off on a 49-yard field goal. It staked the Texans to a 10-3 lead.
In all, Hoyer was 6-of-8 for 72 yards on the opening two possessions. He found five different receivers on those six completions.
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