Sunday, November 29, 2015

Houston Texans down New Orleans Saints by 24-6 score; go to 6-5 for season

TE Ryan Griffin scores one of the Texans'
touchdowns against New Orleans.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 29, 2015) The Houston Texans extended their 2015 winning streak to four as they downed the New Orleans Saints by the score of 24-6 at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, November 29, 2015. With the win, the Texans move into a tie win the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South with 6-5 records.

Houston got the ball for their first possession of the game and quickly marched 70 yards down the field to conclude with quarterback Brian Hoyer throwing his fourteenth touchdown pass of the season. His scoring throw was to tight end Ryan Griffin who scampered around the right side into the end zone. Nick Novak added his obligatory kicking extra point to give the Texans a 7-0 lead with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter. Hoyer was seven-of-seven in the air on the drive.

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They added they second touchdown of the game when Hoyer connected with wide receiver Cecil Shorts on a three-yard pass for the score. Novak again added the extra point to increase the Texans’ lead to 14-0 with 1:29 left in the first quarter. The Saints added a 30-yard field goal by Kai Forbath to make the score 14-3 with 6:31 left in the first half. He added the second field goal of the game for the Saints with 1:17 remaining in the half. The field goal was 57 yards and is concluded a 41-yard, seven play drive to close out the first half.

In the third quarter, the Texans added a touchdown and extra point at the 11:35 mark on a handoff up the middle to Alfred Blue for eight yards, with Novak added the extra point. They added a 34-yard Novak field goal at the 6:09 mark to close out scoring for the game.

Hoyer went 21-of-27 for two touchdowns, while Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 25-of-44 for 228 yards. Blue rushed 16 times for 77 yards while Griffin caught four passes for 72 yards.

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