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Texans strike first, take time doing so vs. Patriots

The Texans struck first on Sunday against the Patriots and took their time doing it.

QB Davis Mills threw an 11-yard strike to TE Antony Auclair for a touchdown at the 4:54 mark of the first quarter. It was the 18th play of a drive that went 79 yards and lasted 10:06.

On the possession, Mills completed 5-of-7 passes for 44 yards and also sneaked for two yards and a first down as well. Houston ran the ball 11 times on the drive, as three other ball carriers got in on the action with Mills. They rushed for a combined 35 yards.

It was Auclair's first touchdown as a Texan and the first score of his career.

For the rookie Mills, it was his third touchdown toss of his 2021 campaign.

Mills and the offense faced a 4th-and-2 at the Patriots' 38-yard line, and he found RB David Johnson for a pickup of eight yards to move the chains.

Johnson was one of four different Texans who caught a pass on the drive.

K Ka'imi Fairbairn's extra point try was no good, and the Texans held a 6-0 lead.

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