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Safety First: Texans take 2-0 lead early in Arizona

Jacob Martin's sack gave Houston an early lead.

Martin dropped Cardinals QB Kyler Murray for a sack in the end zone on Sunday at State Farm Stadium, and the safety put the Texans on top, 2-0, with 2:58 left in the first quarter.

The play before that, P Cam Johnston dropped his punt inside the 5-yard line. As it bounced toward the end zone, DB Tremon Smith slapped it backward, and rookie LB Garret Wallow fell on it inside the 1-yard line.

Murray took the ensuing snap, was under pressure and dropped by Martin just inside the end zone for the safety. It was the first safety for Houston since October 15, 2017, when the Texans beat the Browns.

It was the second sack of the day for the Houston defense and second sack of the season for Martin.

The free kick by Arizona was returned 15 yards by Danny Amendola, and the Texans had a 1st-and-10 at their own 40. From there, they went 25 yards on five plays. K Ka'imi Fairbairn drilled a 53-yard field goal, and Houston was staked to a 5-0 advantage just seconds into the second quarter.

The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium will be on October 31 as they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.

Check out the top photos as the Houston Texans take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7 of the 2021 NFL Season.

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