The Houston Texans fell 33-13 to the Seattle Seahawks at NRG Stadium on Sunday. The Texans and Seahawks were within one score of each other until the final quarter, but a scoreless second half for Houston and a fourth-quarter scoring spree by Seattle doomed the Texans.
"They had some pretty explosive plays on offense which helped them and put us out there a little quicker than we wanted to," OL Justin Britt said. "But ultimately, we've got to find a way to score in the second half. And if we do throw every play, we just have to find a way to stay on the field, convert and score. I thought Davis (Mills) was slinging it today and I thought our receivers were playing really physical. It just didn't happen."
Named the starting quarterback for the remaining five games, Davis Mills began the contest by completing his first 14 passes.
Mills completed 33-of-49 passes for 331 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a 93.2 passer rating in his seventh career start. WR Brandin Cooks led the team with eight catches, 101 yards receiving, while TE Brevin Jordan caught the lone touchdown pass of the game.
"He (Mills) took care of the ball," Head Coach David Culley said. "That's what he's supposed to do. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the ball in the end zone in the second half. That's what we've got to do better -- not just him but our entire offense has got to be able to do that. And we haven't been able to do that consistently."
Christian Kirksey finished with a team-high 10 tackles (five solo) while the defense combined for one quarterback hit, five tackles for loss and three passes defensed. QB Russell Wilson completed 17-of-28 for 260 yards, two touchdowns and a 115.2 passer rating. RB Rashaad Penny rushed 16 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Reid and Kamu Grugier-Hill both left the game with injuries and did not return.
"Just us being undisciplined at times and knowing we had a responsibility and we just didn't do it all game," Kirksey said of the defensive performance. "Wish we could get some of those plays back, but we have to play better football."
On the opening drive, Mills completed 5-of-5 for 72 yards and a score. A 30-yard deep ball caught by WR Nico Collins set up first-and-goal for Houston at Seattle's five-yard line. On the next play, Mills found Jordan in the end zone for a touchdown. Houston took a 7-0 lead with 11:09 left in the first quarter after the seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
Seattle then scored on back-to-back drives. After settling for a 38-yard field goal on the opening possession, Wilson found the end zone on the second series. Cameron Johnston's punt pinned the Seahawks at their own three-yard line, but Wilson led the offense down the field on a seven-play, 97-yard drive. RB Rashaad Penny scored on a 32-yard touchdown run and the Seahawks took a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Fairbairn kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie the game 10-10 on a drive that lasted nearly nine minutes in the second quarter. With 1:52 remaining, Wilson needed just one play to find Tyler Lockett on a 55-yard touchdown. Seattle regained its lead, up 16-10 after the missed extra point attempt.
However, the Texans added a quick score of their own. Fairbairn nailed a franchise record 61-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. The Texans trailed 16-13 at halftime.
"It was nice to get the opportunity before half," Fairbairn said. "The offense got down there, set it up perfect."
Seattle outscored the Texans 17-0 in the second half, including two touchdowns on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter. Wilson threw a one-yard touchdown pass to TE Gerald Everett and then connected with Lockett on the two-point conversion. The next series was a two-play drive capped off by a 47-yard touchdown run. Seattle pulled away with a 33-13 lead after the missed extra point attempt.
With the loss, Houston falls to 2-11 on the season and will next travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars in Week 15.
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