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Texans fall 21-13 at Green Bay

The Texans fell 21-13 to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field. 

Despite Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers on two fourth-quarter scoring drives, the Texans responded with a touchdown of their own late in the game, a DeAndre Hopkins catch-and-run score, but it wouldn't be enough to emerge victorious at Lambeau.

Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes and was 21-of-34 yards for 213 yards in the loss. Seven different receivers caught a pass, with Hopkins and Ryan Griffin scoring touchdowns. The Texans rushed for 123 yards, led by Jonathan Grimes who had five carries for a team-high 43 yards on the ground.

Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus had the lone sack of the day as well as four tackles, one quarterback hit, two tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery. The Texans defense was without Jadeveon Clowney, who didn't travel with the team to Green Bay.

Rodgers completed 20-of-30 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Jordy Nelson led the Packers receivers with eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Both teams exchanged fumbles in the first quarter, but neither was able to convert the takeaway into points. After a scoreless first quarter, Green Bay converted a short field into the first score of the day. The Texans turned the ball over on downs near mid-field after an unsuccessful fourth-and-1 attempt.

After Rodgers threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, Green Bay took a 7-0 lead with 8:02 left in the second quarter.

The score held and the the Texans headed into halftime trailing 7-0.

On the first possession of the second half, Osweiler's 24-yard pass to Will Fuller V on third-and-9 kept the Texans drive alive. Osweiler also connected on throws to Fiedorowicz and Hopkins. On fourth-and-1, Osweiler's six-yard pass to Griffin resulted in Houston's first touchdown of the day. Houston and Green Bay were tied 7-7 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.

Green Bay scored 14 unanswered points on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter. The Texans pinned the Packers deep in their own territory, forcing them to start their drive at the 2-yard line. Rodgers orchestrated a 12-play, 98-yard drive that ended in a 32-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson. The Packers followed up with a three-yard touchdown run by fullback Aaron Ripkowski on their next possession.

Green Bay took a 21-7 lead with 4:18 left in the fourth quarter.

Osweiler and the Texans marched down the field with completions to Fuller V, Grimes, and Griffin. Hopkins caught a 44-yard touchdown pass to move the Texans within one score again. After a missed extra point attempt, the Texans trailed 21-13.

Houston attempted an onside kick with less than two minutes remaining, but Green Bay recovered.

The Texans fall to 6-6 with the loss and head to Indianapolis to face the Colts next Sunday.

The Texans faced the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 13.

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