The Texans have a pair of victories in franchise history against the Steelers. The last one came three years ago.
It was Week 4 in 2011, and the reigning AFC Champs came to NRG Stadium and got bludgeoned in all
three phases of the game in a 17-10 Houston victory.
Arian Foster returned from a hamstring injury and rumbled for 155 yards on 30 carries. His 42-yard touchdown early in the final quarter proved to be the difference in the game.
The Texans defense battered Ben Roethlisberger, sacking him five times and picking him off once. He limped out of Houston that day with a protective boot on one of his feet.
The special teams unit blocked a field goal attempt just before the half, and Johnathan Joseph returned it for a touchdown. But an illegal block by Danieal Manning nullified the score.
It was a memorable afternoon in Texans' history, and it evened up the all-time series with Pittsburgh to 2-2. The Steelers blasted Houston in the two meetings previous to the 2011 win, but Houston won the first matchup by a 24-6 margin in December of 2002.
That was a game highlighted by a pair of Aaron Glenn interception returns for scores, and a Kenny Wright fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The Texans offense had three first downs the entire day, was 1-for-12 on 3rd down, and gained 47 total yards on 40 plays. David Carr completed a trio of passes on the day, and all three went to tight end Billy Miller. Carr was sacked four times, and Chad Stanley got a workout, as he punted 10 times.
But the Texans defense proved to be the difference, as they dropped quarterback Tommy Maddox six times to go with the pair of pick-6's by Glenn.