September 10, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Landon Donovan's 58th goal for the U.S. national team in the 78th minute doubled the Americans' lead over Mexico to 2-0 and moved the team a big step closer to next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Eddie Johnson's goal early in the second half, off a perfect service from Donovan, accounted for the first U.S. goal. A victory over Mexico, combined with a win or draw by Honduras in its late game with Panama, would lock up a World Cup invitation for the Americans.
December 23, 2012 |
Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster left a 23-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings early in the third quarter because of an irregular heartbeat. Foster said the irregular heartbeat is not a major problem. “I'll be OK,” Foster said. “It's a very minor situation, so I'll be OK.” Foster had gained only 15 yards in 10 carries and had two catches for 14 yards. The workhorse running back, who went into the game with 1,313 yards in a league-high 325 carries, also had an irregular heartbeat during a practice.
December 16, 2012 |
Adrian Peterson took a giant leap toward Eric Dickerson's rushing record Sunday, pounding the St. Louis Rams for 212 rushing yards, including an 82-yard touchdown. The Minnesota Vikings running back now has 1,812 yards on the ground this season, topping his previous career high of 1,760. He is now just 294 yards away from the single-season rushing record. Last week Peterson told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he was eyeing the record of 2,105 yards set by Dickerson in 1984.
October 7, 2013 |
Football won the night for NBC among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds Sunday night. But overruns from an explosive game between the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys helped CBS score a victory in total viewership. On NBC, the contest between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans drew about 14.4-million viewers and a rating of 5.7 in prime time in the 18-to-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The preliminary numbers for live football are not adjusted for time zones, so they are likely to change when the real stats come out later in the day. Still, if the numbers hold, it looks like NBC won in the key 18-to-49 demo, with a rating of 4.9, for which a ratings point equals about 1.3-million viewers.
August 5, 2002 |
OK, Houston Texans. Let's see if you're ready for some NFL football. The league's newest expansion team will take another historic step tonight, when the Texans make their exhibition season debut against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio. "It will be the first time anyone has seen the Texans," Coach Dom Capers said. "Right now, nobody knows a thing about the Houston Texans." We're about to learn. On prime time national TV.
November 4, 2007 |
OAKLAND -- Coach Gary Kubiak admits he has never been part of a game quite like the one his Houston Texans played when they came to Oakland a year ago. Despite failing to complete a pass in the second half and finishing with minus-5 yards passing, the Texans somehow managed to beat the Raiders, 23-14, in a game that reached new lows in ugliness. "It's as strange as I've ever been around," Kubiak said. "It was not very pretty.
October 11, 2004 |
The crowd was rocking, David Carr and Andre Johnson couldn't miss and the Houston Texans had just forced the game into overtime by rallying from a 21-point deficit. Then Daunte Culpepper fired a perfect spiral to a streaking Marcus Robinson, and just like that the comeback was over and the Minnesota Vikings had escaped with a 34-28 win.
November 13, 2012
The latest edition of The Times' NFL power rankings are out, and we have a new No. 1 team: The Houston Texans, who upended the No. 3 Chicago Bears last weekend, 13-6. The previous No. 1 team, the Atlanta Falcons, fell out of the top spot, but only to No. 2, after their 31-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Atlanta Coach Mike Smith's Falcons teams are 2-7 against the Saints . But not everyone on the Falcons was impressed with New Orleans. FULL LIST: NFL power rankings "It's not like they came out and won a game today," frustrated Falcons receiver Roddy White said.
October 9, 2012 |
J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, said it best after Monday night's 23-17 victory over the New York Jets, which was preserved when a pass by Mark Sanchez was intercepted with 1:51 remaining. "That's what you dream about," Watt said. "It's 'Monday Night Football.' You're on the field. You have a chance to end the game. That's what you want. For us to go out there and do that, it's huge. " OK, he's probably talking about winning the game and not about preserving the Texans' No. 2 ranking in the Times' NFL power rankings, but it's fun to pretend.
November 22, 2012 |
Lions Coach Jim Schwartz made a mistake that probably cost Detroit a chance to beat the Houston Texans in the first game of a Thanksgiving Day tripleheader. In a back-and-forth game that ended with the Texans winning in overtime, 34-31, Schwartz threw the challenge flag on a disputed touchdown pass play by Houston. One problem. All touchdowns are automatically reviewed in NFL games. So, the challenge flag is kind of like piling on the officials, who promptly handed out an unsportsmanlike penalty, subsequently negating a review of the play.