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Texans defeat Titans 27-20

The Texans bounced back with a 27-20 divisional win against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. After an early 14-0 start in the first quarter, Houston was tied or within one score for the remaining three quarters of a close game.

Houston's defense, without J.J. Watt for the first time since Week 17 of the 2010 season, faced Marcus Mariota for the first time in the series matchup. Mariota was limited to just 13 completions on 29 attempts, passing for 192 yards while throwing one interception. Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 95 yards on 25 carries and scored both Titan touchdowns.

Jadeveon Clowney, who started opposite defensive end opposite Christian Covington, had two tackles, one for a loss, one sack, and two quarterback hits. Brian Cushing returned to the starting lineup after missing the past three games. Cushing finished with four tackles.

Brock Osweiler was 25-of-37 for 254 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Rookie Will Fuller V led all Texans receivers with seven catches with 81 yards receiving. Fuller scored two touchdowns, one on offense and the other on a 67-yard punt return. Lamar Miller had 19 carries for 82 yards rushing and also caught three passes for 26 yards.

The Texans opened the game with scoring drives on their first three possessions to take a 17-3 lead over the Titans. After struggling to find the endzone in Week 3, Osweiler responded with touchdown passes to C.J. Fiedorowicz and Fuller on the first two drives. Houston's offense recorded 178 net yards in the first quarter and tied a franchise-high 10 first downs in its fast start.

Osweiler led the offense on a third scoring drive to start the second quarter. Nick Novak, who connected on 2-of-3 field goal attemps on the day, successfully booted a 53-yarder.

The Titans responded with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, both scoring runs by Murray. Quintin Demps picked off Mariota in the second quarter to give Houston possession at its 41-yard line, but the Texans turned it over on the next play. Brock Osweiler's pass, intended for DeAndre Hopkins, was picked off by cornerback Jason McCourty. Murray rushed for his second touchdown on the ensuing drive. The Texans and Titans were tied 17-17 with 2:32 left in the first half. Novak added a 45-yard field goal with 0:11 remaining and the Texans took a 20-17 lead heading into halftime.

Ryan Succop kicked a 26-yard field goal to cap off a drive that took 7:56 off the clock in the third quarter. Osweiler threw his second interception of the day on Houston's following possession, but the Titans were unable to convert the takeaway into points. On the ensuing punt return, Fuller displayed his speed on a 67-yard return for a touchdown. The Texans took a 27-20 lead with 1:12 left in the third quarter.

With the win, the Texans improve to 3-1 on the season and will head to Minnesota to face off against the Vikings in Week 5.

Check out the best game photos as the Texans took on the Titans at NRG Stadium.

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