The Houston Texans won their inaugural home opener, but their first-ever road victory did not come until Week 8 in Jacksonville. Houston defeated the AFC South rival Jaguars 21-19 on Oct. 27, 2002 at ALLTEL Stadium. Kris Brown kicked the game-winning field goal with 2:11 left in the game.
David Carr completed 11-of-18 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown for a 114.1 passer rating. His top target was tight end Billy Miller who caught three passes for 78 yards and the touchdown. Jabbar Gaffney added three catches for 60 yards while James Allen rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries. Jonathan Wells added 17 carries for 27 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Texans defense sacked Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell five times, including two by linebacker Kailee Wong.
The Jaguars scored first with a 25-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Houston tied the game after a three-yard touchdown run by Wells. Both teams traded field goals in the third quarter with the Texans taking a 10-9 lead after Brown’s 43-yard kick. In the fourth quarter, Miller scored on a one-yard pass. Carr connected with Gaffey on the ensuing two-point conversion to cap off a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive. On the next possession, Jacksonville took a 19-18 lead after Stacey Mack scored on a two-yard run. Brown, who missed a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter, nailed his final kick from the same distance for the winning score.